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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Performance - Prologue 1
Location: Concert Hall (Theater)
On the day of the performance...
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“Hmm~ Ahem ♪”
(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Ahem, ahem ♪”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“Ladies and Gentlemen, if I may have your attention please. The Yumenosaki Drama Club’s Spring Performance will begin momentarily...... We proudly present you Romeo and Juliet – Reversi!”
(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Romeo and Juliet Reversi! Reversi Juliet and Romeo!”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“Quit messing around. That barely even made sense...”

“Generally speaking, members of the chorus[1] like us are supposed to poetically introduce the story and then get out of the way. We’re here to tease the plot without actually giving away anything important.”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Whoa! You’re really good at this! You just used scolding me as an excuse to introduce us both!”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“That’s enough out of you.”

“Where was I... Oh, right. We got off to a strange start there, but allow me to introduce us properly. We’re what you would call the ‘chorus’ of this play.”

“We’re not actual characters in the story.”

“The real characters like Romeo and Juliet aren’t even able to see us.”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“We’re invisible! We’re sorta like fairies, huh? We could doodle funny stuff all over their faces, and they’d never know it was us~♪”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“Oh, stop that... This play’s already strange enough without you doing weird things to the characters.”

“If even the chorus members went and messed with stuff, there wouldn’t be anyone left to keep the play from derailing entirely.”

“All that said, we’re poets at our core. We’re meant to say our piece, and nothing more.”

“Well... Putting our roles aside, we have something important to tell you before the play starts.”

“You see, this isn’t just any old play. It’s under a certain peculiar spell.”

“Who would cast a spell on a story? Why would they cast a spell on a story? Excellent questions, each which I imagine you’ll see answered in time...”

“But for now, allow me to explain the matter simply. This play is under a ‘Reversi’ spell.”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Umm~ That’s not simple at all? What’s a Reversi spell?”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“It’ll make sense when you see it. All sorts of aspects of this story have been reversed.”

“You may know Reversi as ‘Othello.’ People, places, and plot points have been flipped around, just like pieces in a Reversi game.”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Like this? Look, look!”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“Why are you doing a handstand...? While some things might be flipped over in the straightforward sense, other things might have changed more drastically underneath the surface.”

“For example, people who used to hate each other might love each other now. Or, maybe someone who used to be a slave is now the master.”

“However, the Reversi spell isn’t very thorough...”

“There will surely be aspects of the story that the spell didn’t reverse.”

“As you watch, you’ll need to determine for yourself what’s changed and what hasn’t.”

“Oh, it appears I’ve gotten ahead of myself. While Romeo and Juliet is a well-known classic, I imagine there are plenty of you out there who don’t know how the original story goes.”

“We’ll try to keep distractions to a minimum, but we’ll fill you in on the important parts of the story, so relax and enjoy the show.”

“Ahaha. Normally, members of the chorus like us barely get to be a part of the story, but...

“Now we’re in a sort of omnipresent position where we can look down on the story and explain what’s happening to you. I suppose that’s also the work of the Reversi spell.”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Everything’s reversed! It’s all upside down~♪”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“I’ll bet. How long are you going to keep doing that handstand...?”

“Oh! We don’t have time to stand around here jabbering. Look, someone’s coming. Let’s hide.”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Huh? I thought you said none of the characters could see us because we’re part of the chorus~”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“While that’s normally true, what if our being invisible got reversed too? We might be visible now. Come on, we’ve got to hurry and hide.”
(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“No faaair! I wanted to stay here in the middle of the stage the whole time!”

“It’s frustrating how members of the chorus never get to stand in the limelight. I wanted to make a big scene while I still have the chance~”

(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“Don’t cause trouble on purpose... That’s out of the question, so let’s stay out of the way like we’re supposed to, okay?”

“Look, here comes the main character.”

Scene Change: Concert Hall (Theater) Dark
Performance - Prologue 1 Scene Change
(Graceful Romeo) Hokuto Hidaka Full Render
“............”
(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Whoa!? A really pretty lady appeared! The moonlight makes her look all sparkly ☆”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“That might be Juliet, the Capulet family’s young daughter. It’s rumored there’s no maiden more beautiful than she.”

“Wait, that doesn’t make sense, though. Why would a young lady like Juliet walk around outside at night?”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Walking around alone at night is dangerous~ Let’s watch over her ♪”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“We’re just powerless members of the chorus. Even if something happened to her, we wouldn’t be able to help.”

“...Hold on. I think there’s someone else here. Follow that lady’s gaze.”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“What!? Look at that! There’s a big building that looks kinda like a castle!”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“Hmm... There’s another beautiful lady standing on the balcony of the castle-ish building.”
Wataru Hibiki Juliet Dialogue Render
“............”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“Who is that? Wait! This might be that one famous scene.”

“You know, ‘O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?’ This might be the part where Juliet asks why Romeo is Romeo.”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Really? Why’s Romeo Romeo?”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“How should I know?”

“...From her position in the scene, could the black-haired lady out here possibly be Romeo?”

“That would mean the white-haired lady up on the balcony is Juliet, right?”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Wait, hang on. I thought Romeo and Juliet was a love story about a boy and a girl?”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“I guess that probably got changed by the Reversi spell... From the looks of it, the spell might’ve made Romeo a girl.”
(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Ohh... So now it’s a love story about two girls, huh? That’s pretty progressive~♪”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“Perhaps not. If I remember correctly, Romeo and Juliet is set in 15th century England...”[2]

“I wonder if the two of them will be okay... People were even less understanding of this sort of thing back then.”

“They already had a big obstacle standing between them without extra challenges like this.”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“An obstacle?”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“Yeah. The story is set in a place called Verona, where two of the country’s wealthiest families live. One is the House of Montague, and the other is the House of Capulet.”
(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“Belona...? Mon…? Capu...led...?”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“It’s fine, you don’t have to remember the names. All that matters is that the two families absolutely despise each other.”

“Their hatred runs so deep, even the servants try to kill each other and start a huge fight.”

(Supporter Performance) Mitsuru Tenma Full Render Bloomed
“What!? Why can’t they just get along?”
(Rookie Performance) Tomoya Mashiro Full Render
“Why indeed... Regardless, Romeo is the son and heir of Montague, while Juliet is from the House of Capulet.”

“Despite being born into rival families, the two meet and end up falling deeply in love... That’s how Romeo and Juliet became star-crossed lovers”

  1. In the context of theater, the chorus is a group of non-characters who provide the audience with background information about the story. In Romeo and Juliet, this would be the “Two household, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene” part.
  2. Romeo and Juliet was written in 16th century England, but was set in 14th (potentially 15th) century Italy.
Translation: Linnæus
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