The fully-staged opera production will be directed by David Morelock and music will be conducted by Carol Rausch. Sword fights are staged by noted combat choreographer Robert Richardson. The production will feature a professional orchestra, 25-member chorus, and a ballet sequence.
Gounod's adaptation evokes the intensity of Shakespeare's famous tragedy of two lovers torn apart by their rivaling families. The spectacular and tender music depicts the joy and anguish of two individuals who would do anything to be together.