Symphony Tacoma Inaugurates 73rd Season with Romeo and Juliet

Symphony Tacoma Inaugurates 73rd Season with Romeo and Juliet

Symphony Tacoma will begin its 73rd season on Oct. 19th at the Pantages Theater with an original production of Romeo and Juliet.

In a performance that blends symphony and theater, the program will pair Prokofiev’s iconic ballet score with selections from the classic Shakespeare play. Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has long been an audience favorite, both as a ballet and a symphonic production. Now, director Sarah Ioannides has reimagined the original Prokofiev score, bringing new life to an age-old story. The production will feature students from Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) in the roles of Romeo and Juliet.

This year marks Ioannides’s sixth season with Symphony Tacoma. During her tenure with the symphony, Ioannides, who has received accolades from The New York Times and graced numerous top conductor lists, has established a reputation as a formidable creative director. In previous seasons, Ioannides has also forged collaborations with groups such as the Hilltop Artists, Lincoln High School, and the Tacoma Youth Symphony.

Tacoma School of the Arts students Libby Patsiga (Romeo) and Annabelle Daniel (Juliet) will reprise their roles as the star-crossed young couple from SOTA’s 2018 production of Romeo and Juliet. The performance will also feature Alexandra Vilenius in the role of Tybalt, SOTA’s Director of Theatrical arts Gabriel McPherson as narrator and stage director, and Director of Technical Theatre and Design Mark Thomason as technical director.

Symphony Tacoma’s 2019–20 season will feature eight performances spanning 300 years of classical works. Season ticket packages and single tickets ($24 to $83) are available through the Tacoma Arts Live box office. To purchase tickets, call 253-591-5894 or visit symphonytacoma.org.

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