England’s bloody War of the Roses raged on the Chatham High School stage in a way only William Shakespeare could tell. When the curtain rose on Henry the VI Part 2 & 3 November 15 and 16, bickering and backstabbing turned into all-out war as competing houses Lancaster (represented by a red rose) and York (represented by a white rose) played a deadly game for the English throne. The evil in war became all too apparent as family bonds broke and morals were cast aside in favor of power and revenge.
Chatham’s students closed out their run with a final performance November 24 at Shakespeare & Company’s annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Directed by Lori Evans and JoJo McDonald, Chatham High School’s staging of Henry VI Part 2 & 3 was produced in partnership with the Fall Festival of Shakespeare sponsored by Shakespeare & Company. This nine-week artist-in-residence program brings professional directors, actors, and stage technicians to the school each year to work with students in developing a 90-minute play.