Classic love story set on Snellville stage

If you go

What: "Romeo and Juliet"

When: 8 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, runs through June 30

Where: New London Theatre, 2338 Henry Clower Blvd., Snellville

Cost: $10 to $15

For more information: Visit newlondontheatre.org

SNELLVILLE -- "Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene."

OK, the scene will actually be set in Snellville as New London Theatre presents Shakespeare's classic story of a pair of star-crossed lovers, "Romeo and Juliet."

The Snellville venue is excited about performing the story for the first time.

"I think the reason we did the show was because it was something New London Theatre had not done in a while -- if ever -- and it was worth trying it out on our stage," Artistic Director Dawn Berlo said. "I also feel like we wanted to give our director (Rabekah Ragsdale) the chance to bring something she fought so hard to see on stage, the opportunity to direct and bring her love for Shakespeare to the community."

Ragsdale and her cast perform the play from the original text from start to finish with sword play included in the show.

Juliet Capulet (played by Andrea Epps) is supposed to marry Count Paris (Chris Heraghty), the son to the prince of Verona, Prince Escalus (David Huenergardt), but she doesn't really want to be wed to him.

In another part of town, Benvolio (Andrew Rankin) talks with his cousin Romeo Montague (Tad Cameron) about his latest obsession, Rosaline. Romeo attends a Capulet ball to see his infatuation, but falls in love with Juliet.

If you don't know what happens next, things get even more dramatic from there.

The play runs through June 30.