This was CYS's 3rd Youth Ensemble program and production. As always, our process is very student driven, as we encourage each new ensemble to explore the play together and tell the story from their point of view. CYS never takes gender into account when casting roles, and this group felt strongly that in order to tell the story from the perspective of "their world", the role of Romeo should be played by a female actor. Also unique to this production was the incorporation of original text written by the student actors themselves. CYS brought in playwright and teaching artist Danielle Littman to guide students through this process and then combine their words with Shakespeare's text.