Side by side, the couple’s acting truly swept audiences along with their tale and had me entirely convinced they were two young adolescents tragically in love. From the doomed first look into each other’s eyes leading into the ballroom pas de deux to their agonizing cry in the death scene, Trenary and Royal’s seamless connection elicited the most sincere tears from my eyes.
Royal’s first break-away solo moment in the ballet – Romeo’s “gate scene” before entering the ball where he dances in an extremely difficult trio alongside Benvolio and Mercutio – was a little rusty.
However, I will give the three dancers – Luis Ribagorda in the role of Benvolio and Jonathan Klein in the role of Mercutio – the benefit of the doubt. Completing multiple turns in synch is an extremely difficult task, especially alongside a cast that you’ve rehearsed alongside with only a two-days notice.
By the time the three heroes entered the ballroom scene, the performers had fallen into their element and Royal made stunning lines with his long limbs and wow-ed the audience with broad, lofty turns.