Director Jenn Hunter was watching a punk documentary when she thought why not use it for Shakespeare's famed play.

COURTESY TUALATIN HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE DEPARTMENT - Tualatin High School senior Megan Wood is Juliet and Noah Wise, also a senior, is Romeo in a punk version of Romeo and Juliet set for Tualatin High School.Tualatin High School's Jenn Hunter was selecting shows for this season last spring and knew she wanted to continue producing plays her students also performed in the classroom. At the same time, she also found doing plays by William Shakespeare personally appealing.

It just so happened she was watching a documentary on the origins of punk music that same week she had to make a decision. So why not a punk version of a Shakespeare play, she thought?

"Eventually, I landed on 'Romeo and Juliet,'" Hunter said. "The story is one of intolerance and the tragic price which is paid due to the intolerance."

Hunter said punk ideology in the 1970s was mainly interested in personal freedoms and became the voice of a generation. 

"The Montagues and Capulets have been feuding for as long as anyone can remember, but Romeo and Juliet dare to break the cycle of intolerance for one another's families in the name of love; that's punk," she said, noting that punk music will be played throughout the performance.

Cast in the leads are seniors Megan Wood as Juliet and Noah Wise as Romeo.

Performances are March 15 to 17 at 7:30 p.m.; March 16 at 3:30 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door.

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COURTESY TUALATIN HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE DEPARTMENT - Members of the cast of a punk version of 'Romeo and Juliet' are ready for performances set for March 15 to 17 at 7:30 p.m.; March 16 at 3:30 p.m., and March 17 at 2 p.m.

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