First Ever Play Performance Set for Bonita Springs High School’s Black Box Theater

First Ever Play Performance Set for Bonita Springs High School’s Black Box Theater
Posted on 02/27/2019
First Ever Play Performance Set for Bonita Springs High School’s Black Box Theater

Florida Reperatory Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet is coming to christen the black box theater at Bonita Springs High School. Two shows, funded through two generous donations from the Cape Coral Community Foundation and the West Bay Charitable Foundation, are scheduled for 9:00am and 12:00pm on Thursday, February 28th.

Ninth and tenth graders at Bonita Springs High School are currently reading Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, so this is a unique opportunity to see a Shakespeare play performed in their school’s new black box theater.

“Many students from this community have never seen a play much less experienced Shakespeare live, so this opportunity is incredibly special,” says English Teacher Paula Bolado. “These students have benefitted from being immersed in the language of English and see how the themes of Shakespeare relate to dramas and situations that can relate to their own lives. They can also appreciate the vocabulary of Shakespeare and see how the big ideas pulled from his plays can be found in other works today.”

The black box theater at Bonita Springs High School is new to the School District of Lee County. The large square room with black walls and a flat floor creates a flexible stage and audience interaction. With the seats pushed back, the space can be used for exhibitions, as an indoor practice facility for the band, training space for JROTC, meeting room and so much more. A black box theater will also be part of the campus at High School MMM when it opens in the Gateway neighborhood in 2021.