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Lake Minneola High Drama Department puts twist on Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’

Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ Lake Minneola High School’s Drama Department is putting a big twist on Shakespeare’s political drama, “Julius Caesar,” on Feb. 7-9 at 7 p.m. at the high school’s auditorium, located at 101 N. Hancock Road.

Last year, Lake Minneola High School’s Drama Department gave new life to the story of “Twelfth Night” when they set it during prohibition of the roaring 20s, but this year Drama Director Kaitlin E. Baxter wanted to take things one step further.

“While helping Mrs. Carlson’s English class with performances from Julius Caesar, I became curious as to what twist could be given to this historic drama that the students might be able to better relate to,” Baxter said. “The answer was high school.”

The Birds of Play Drama Department will be performing Julius Caesar not only in the setting of high school, but they’re using gender reversal for many roles as well. Gender reversal means that most roles originally meant to be played by men have been transformed into female characters. Just like Shakespeare intended, Caesar will still be filled with backstabbing, betrayal and even blood — so it may not be suitable the whole family — but by using the means of social media and modern terms of popularity and power a whole new generation may be able to understand the Bard’s historic words: “Friends, Romans, Countrymen lend me your ears.”

Tickets are $7 or $5 for seniors or students with ID. Doors open for the play at 6:30 p.m. with the curtain opening at 7 p.m. For more information or reservations, email baxterk@lake.k12.fl.us.