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MJC ready to raise the curtain on Romeo and Juliet
Johnathon Smith is Romeo and Marilyn Diaz is Juliet in the MJC production of Romeo and Juliet. - photo by Photo Contributed

The tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers will revisit the stage when the Modesto Junior College Theater Department brings the story of “Romeo and Juliet” to life.

Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy tells the tale of star-crossed lovers caught between their families’ ancient and unwavering feud.


Professor of Theater Arts Lynette Borrelli-Glidewell will direct the MJC production. She is using period costumes and sets for the production, but is also bringing in a bit of the modern with music and lighting.

“I wanted to show that journey that love is timeless then and now,” said Borrelli-Glidewell.


The cast of 30 includes Jonathan Smith in the role of Romeo, Marilyn Diaz playing Juliet, Joel Morrison as Friar Laurence, Ethan Hennes as Mercutio, Dain Morrison as Tybalt, Sean Trew as Sir Capulet, Samantha Bement as Lady Capulet, Nick Salvucci as Sir Montague, Michael Lynch as the Apothecary, Erin Isaacs as the Nurse, Philip Azevedo as the Prince, and Timothy Glidewell as Paris.

“It’s a huge cast with lots of moving parts, but everyone is dedicated and committed to their parts,” Borrelli-Glidewell said.


The story of the doomed young lovers is one of Shakespeare’s more well-known plays, with many high school students required to pick up and read the text. But seeing the show is completely different said Borrelli-Glidewell.

“Shakespeare’s plays are meant to be seen,” she said. “It’s the people that give the passion to the lines. Being in the story is totally different.”


Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. March 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 and 2 p.m. March 22 and 29. All shows are in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on the East Campus.

 Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 general admission.  Tickets may be purchased at the Auditorium Box Office, from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by calling the Box Office at 575-6776 during these hours.  Tickets may also be purchased online at