MEDIA ADVISORY: UCSC Arts & Lectures partners with South County businesses to present Romeo and Juliet for Watsonville students--Friday, March 23--at the Mello Center

The internationally acclaimed Aquila Theatre Company will perform an educational outreach event at the Mello Center for 500 Watsonville High School freshmen and 200 Pajaro Middle School eighth graders. The company will present a "guided tour" of Romeo and Juliet--an hour-long program with both narration and acted key scenes from Shakespeare's most famous play.

When: Friday, March 23, at 10:45 a.m.

Where: Henry J. Mello Center in Watsonville

Details: This event is being sponsored by generous donations from South County businesses: Driscoll's, Granite Construction, Graniterock, and Maureen Wruck Planning Consultants. The outreach event precedes a full-length performance later that evening at 8:00 pm, which will be presented by UCSC's Arts & Lectures in conjunction with Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

Background: Aquila Theatre Company is renowned for its bold and intelligent productions of Shakespeare; the company recently performed at the White House and has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The web site is at:

Additional Information: Contact UCSC's Arts & Lectures at (831) 459-4058.