Romeo and Juliet Essay
Hello Mr Cruise, as you may know we are producing a new version of “Romeo and Juliet” and you are selected to play Tybalt’s part in the play. In the play you are Juliet’s cousin and you are a Capulet. You hate Montagues, “What! Drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.” This quote that you will have to say shows how much you hate Montagues. We have chosen you to play the role of Tybalt as you are strong, brave, aggressive, fit, athletic, honest and you are good at fighting. You showed all of these qualities in your last film, “Mission Impossible.” So those qualities are why we have chosen you to play the role of Tybalt.In the play you demand revenge on Romeo at the Capulet ball and kill Mercutio. Half – way through the play and Romeo will kill you, but you won’t be finished there. Your body will be needed in the last scene of the play. You will be involved in three scenes, act 1, scene 1, act 1, scene 5, and act 3, scene 1. You will really enjoy your role in the play as he is involved in a lot of action and fighting. I am confident you will cope well with playing the role of Tybalt, so let me tell you how I will want you to play each scene.Act 1 scene 1:Right Mr Cruise you will be involved straight away in Act 1, scene 1, your first fight scene between the Montagues and Capulets. Although you are involved a lot in this scene you only have 2 lines to say, but they are important. The two families will be fighting, then you will walk in and say, “What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.” This first scene is extremely important as the audience are just settling down and if you can draw the audience in now and keep them occupied, they will want to see more of the play and you.You must say these first few lines aggressively and powerfully (but not shouting so the audience realise you have the power to not shout and also they realise you are dominant). You’re only in a few scenes, so you must have a big impact when you are on screen. When you say your first lines you will turn to Benvolio and stare blindly at him, with blood – shot firery eyes (created by specially made contact lenses).This will give the audience a sense of the strength and power within your face and eyes. Your second comment is: “What! Drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward!” You must say this very aggressively and passionately, as I want the audience to fell intimidated by the sight of you. I also want them to have an impression of how much you hate Montagues by saying this angrily and disgracefully. So that’s the end of your first main scene, but we haven’t looked at costume or your entrance in the first scene yet.You should wear dark clothes, like black jeans, black shoes, a black leather jacket and some sunglasses (to hide your contact lenses, until we want them to be shown). (Also this will give the audience a sense of mystery or confusion, as they cannot see your whole face). This appearance of dark clothes and sunglasses will also give the audience an impression that you’re cool, calm and a top important person. Your entrance is important as well, so by using a black sports car or motorbike, this will give the audience an impression that you have a dark, aggressive attitude.Act 1 scene 5:The second scene you’re in is the masked ball. Your first six lines begin with the words: “This, by his voice, should be a Montague…” is a soliloquy, apart from the line, “fetch me my rapier boy.” You must try and mumble these words as you’re talking to yourself, but obviously the audience must be able to hear you. From being in a happy mood, you have now spotted Romeo, (a Montague), trespassing at your uncle’s mansion. Your mood now turns evil and aggressive; the audience must notice this, so they see that you hate Montagues and that you won’t let him get away with this. You then turn and stare at Romeo blindly.You then turn to your uncle and say: “Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe. A villain that is hither come in spite To scorn at our solemnity this night.” You will say this furiously, angrily and meaningfully. The audience will notice how angry you are, and again this will give them an impression of how much you hate Montagues. Your uncle tells you to calm down, which makes you even more aggressive and angry. After some conversation with your uncle you say: “It fits when such a villain is a guest; I’ll not endure him.” You say this very angrily and again your uncle tells you to calm down. You then stop arguing and let your uncle win, but you know you will not let it go and one day you’ll get your own back.Act 3 scene 1:This is the fight scene, this is where the audience see how athletic, fit and how good at fighting you are. You enter the scene by talking to Benvolio and Mercutio. Sternly you say: “Follow me close, for I will speak to them. Gentlemen, good e’en! A word with one of you.” You joke around with Mercutio making comments about each other; “Tybalt, you rat – catcher.” Mercutio keeps on ‘cussing’ you and in the end you say politely I don’t want to fight you. You then spot Romeo, he looks smug and you don’t like this, and you want to wipe that look of his face. So you go up to Romeo and aggressively tell him to fight and you say: “Therefore turn and draw.” This will show the audience whose boss out of the both of you.He turns away, not fighting, and aggressively you run at him, screaming at him to fight. It is then Mercutio who intervenes and you both duel. It is a fight only of honour, not to the death, but as Romeo gets in the way, you stab Mercutio under Romeo’s arm. Romeo then is furious, he turns on you. He has fire in his eyes and finally here it is here that you have your wish of fighting with Romeo. You fight through the streets of Verona, which is where your athleticism comes into action. Unfortunately here is where you die and Romeo eventually kills you. Hopefully the audience will see this as a sad moment and will be upset. This would show that they like you and that you played your part well!Conclusion:So Mr Cruise, now that’s all your main scenes out of the way, now for the conclusion.Your character as Tybalt will be hard to play but we feel you have the qualities to play it. In the play Tybalt will have to be brave, aggressive, full of energy, fit, athletic, strong, honest, assertive and good at fighting. Throughout the play the audience will see these qualities and this will attract the audience’s attention and keep them interested in the play and hopefully you.Throughout the play you are known as the ‘Prince of Cats.’ You are called this, as you are a good, fast and skillfull fighter, and you have to show this to the audience.I want you to know that the play is an action packed tragedy.