When St. Amant teacher Heidi Frederic decided to take on Shakespeare with her advanced theater students, she knew she didn’t want to go a traditional route.
One day, she was listening to Pandora and a Nirvana song came on, and inspiration hit.
The songs of Seattle grunge-era rock that Frederic loved as a high school student contained all the elements of “Romeo and Juliet” — tragedy, heartbreak and the deep emotions that come with young love.
Frederic got a script from one of the movie versions of the play and spent the next two weeks adapting it to the 1990s, she said.
Her students are in rehearsals now, and will be performing April 20-22 at the Ascension Community Theatre, 823 N. Felicity Ave., in Gonzales, she said.
It’s the third year Frederic’s advanced classes and the local theater group have collaborated on productions, she said.
“It’s an exciting, upbeat and rather unique take on this Shakespearean classic,” Frederic said.
The show will go on at 7 p.m. each night, Frederic said, and tickets will be available for presale at the St. Amant High School, (225) 391-6000, and at the ACT box office on the day of each performance, (225) 647-1230.
Tickets are $6 for students, and $10 for adults.