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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Performance - Chapter 2
Location: Drama Club Room
One month before the performance...
Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render

So then, everyone, let's quickly decide on the cast!

First is the most important part of Romeo and Juliet, the role of Juliet herself!

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

Yeah, Juliet is the most important.

I'm sorry for not studying enough, but I haven't read Romeo and Juliet...I'm not very knowledgeable.

Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render

Fufufu. Well, boys don't normally read it, do they.

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

Don't say "normal"! I mean, who even reads Shakespeare nowadays...?

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

You should properly read the original, Tomoya.

There must be a lot of Shakespeare books in the Drama Club's bookshelves, and all kinds of scripts as well...Umm?

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

Wah, it's alright, Hokuto-senpai, I'll look for them on my own later!

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

No, the sooner the better. When the cast is decided, I'll also read those books and scripts over and over to shape my body and mind.

Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render

In your own case, you're not familiar at all, right~? That is, even though you have memorized every last line, you don't understand the main point.

Anyhow, the story of Romeo and Juliet basically kickstarts with Juliet. She’s the catalyst.

If Juliet were to just accept her fate obediently and without resistance, the story would soon end there.

She becomes the driving force for the story to go forward, the power source.

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

Sounds like you're talking about a rocket engine...Though, it's true that all really Romeo does is shout words of love.

Still, if your ‘passiveness’ isn’t perfect, your influence and impression will be very lacking.

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

Fufu. It's like his beloved Juliet is all he can see~ So devoted, not bad♪

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

No, Romeo isn't totally devoted.

He was in love with an entirely unrelated woman at the beginning of the story, but he fell in love at first sight when he came across Juliet.

Rather, I think he's quite flirtatious​.

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

I don't get Romeo...Um, I really should give the original a light read when I get the chance.

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

Mhmm. This simplified version for children is easy to read, so you should be able to get a general idea.

You can take it home, so take a look through it.

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

Woah, thank you so much, Hokuto-senpai...♪

Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render

Fufufu. You're acting like a proper 'senpai'~ Hokuto-kun♪

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

Is there anything wrong with that? ...Anyways, back to the story. Since Juliet is such an important role, shouldn't you do it?

In the original story, Juliet is depicted as a princess, and Romeo as a prince.

Me playing the prince as usual, and you playing the princess...I think that's the easiest way to cast us.

Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render

Hmmmm, I feel like that would leave us stuck in a rut.

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

But, Hokuto-senpai's prince role is so perfect and super cool...☆

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

Thank you. But it's still true that you can't make progress just by repeating the same thing over and over.

Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render

Hokuto-kun, would you like to try the role of Juliet?

Juliet is an important role in the story, but it doesn't really demand that great of an acting ability.

Because in Shakespeare's era, female actors were typically dismissed...

Boys, that is to say, amateurs, would often play female roles.

It was a role to be played by underlings without much ability.

Of course, that's not the case at all in modern times.

But if you stay true to the original, it's not a hard role to play.

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

Ohh...From what I got from the book, it does seem like Juliet has less lines than Romeo.

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

Mhmm. If we have to play women, that alone would make things more difficult...But I also want to broaden my range.

Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render

Right. You're a second year now, so it's time to step up. Stagnation is the same as death, we must constantly evolve.

Although I don't really think our hammy Hokuto-kun can grasp an entirely new role in the span of just a month.

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

Who's hammy...Well, I can't really deny that, sadly.

Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render

Yes. Like this, the only role you've repeated over and over and somewhat learned has been the "prince" role.

That alone just barely gives you enough value to be shown to the audience.

So if you really think about it, your only choice is to play the princely role of Romeo after all.

Romeo and Juliet has two main protagonists, and we have only two actors...

I don't want to resort to casting by process of elimination, but we'll inevitably have to do that.

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

Uhh. Can't we do something like...um, invite some skilled person from the acting department?

Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render

I'm afraid not, since this is the Drama Club's performance after all.

If possible, we should be front and center, with everyone from the acting department supporting us to compensate for what we lack.

Translation: Bonni
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