O Romeo! Help Set a Record for ‘The World’s Largest Balcony Scene'

A University of Northern Colorado workshop that's part of a teaching series on Shakespeare will attempt to set a record on Valentine's Day for the most people at one time performing the playwright's classic balcony love scene from Romeo and Juliet.

The public is invited to be part of "The World's Largest Balcony Scene" by playing the role of Romeo or Juliet during the two-minute scene, with coaching beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in room 1720 of Gunter Hall, intersection of 10th Avenue and Cranford Place.

The coaching and edited scripts will be provided by Michael LoMonico from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Once gathered, Romeos will take their place below a balcony filled with Juliets. Then, on cue, the Romeos will read their first line in unison and the Juliets will respond. The current world record is 160 people, who performed as a group in November 2013 at the Prudential Plaza in Boston.

Also as part of the festivities, some participants will have the opportunity to perform Hamlet in 15 minutes, and some will be selected to break the 32-second record for re-creating Macbeth.

Costumes are optional for participants to bring. Free on-street parking is available in the area.

LoMonico will also lead workshops for Theatre Education and English Education students at UNC.

Some of the participants in a 2011 attempt at the world record for the "World's Largest Balcony Scene" practice their lines.