The Spring Production of “Romeo & Juliet — In Concert” receives $10,000 from the Community Foundation

The Central New York Community Foundation recently granted Le Moyne College $10,000 for the upcoming spring production of “Romeo & Juliet — In Concert!”

This grant will allow the Performing Arts Center [PAC] to bring in Symphoria musicians to work with Le Moyne students and perform in the final concerts alongside them. It will also enable the program to involve students from the Syracuse City School District as members of the orchestra, as well as giving them the opportunity to take part in acting and stage combat workshops.

Come April it will have been 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, and what better way to honor his memory than to present the Le Moyne community with four performances of arguably his greatest masterpiece? Director of Theatre Matt Chiorini is set to direct the production and Director of Le Moyne College Chamber Orchestra Travis Newton will be conducting the orchestra. Throughout the production the orchestra will perform works that were originally inspired by the play, such as Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Bernstein.

The average production at Le Moyne can cost anywhere from $5000 to $15,000. “This grant is a huge help and will allow us to maintain a high artistic standard while still reaching out to involve the community in a one-of-a-kind event,” said Chiorini.

After discovering the opportunity to receive a grant for the production through the Community Foundation, Newton thought it would be a perfect fit for the kind of project the PAC was trying to accomplish. It is unclear whether this is the first grant the PAC has received in its history, but with the possibilities it affords the theatre program Newton says it may not be the last.

“Grant writing is time-consuming, but if the potential outcomes make the effort worthwhile, then yes, we will be looking to apply for more grants in the future,” said Newton.

The PAC is filled with excitement as it prepares for this “one-of-a-kind” event. Chiorini says a production of this magnitude, which celebrate both the author and composers whose works Shakespeare influenced, is bound to make for an unforgettable collaboration and really showcase the arts at Le Moyne.   

“Romeo & Juliet — In Concert!” starring Kevin Hait or Kelsey Rich is slated to for April 20 to 30. Tickets may be purchased online at this link or by calling (315) 445-4200.