After his smash-hit spoof of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Milwaukee comedy yoda Patrick Schmitz chose a lesser-known work to parody: Romeo and Juliet.

As he notes in the video interview above (shot at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival), Patrick pays homage to the Shakespeare tragedy while making it a comedy.

The cast is a Milwaukee comedy director’s wish list, including some of Patrick’s talented youngsters from the Organized Chaos improv program at First Stage Theater.

Don’t believe us? Look:

  • Joey Flegel-Mishlove as Romeo
  • Emilie Lozier as Juliet
  • Maxwell Zupke as Benvolio
  • Rich Laguna as Lord Capulet
  • Amanda Eaton as Lady Capulet
  • James Boland as Lord Montague
  • Robby McGhee as Lady Montague
  • Beth Ann the Nurse
  • Kristoffer Puddicombe as Friar Lawrence
  • Tim Higgins as Tybalt
  • Alan Guszkowski as Mercutio
  • Erik Koconis as Paris
  • Alec Sill as Sampson
  • Vince Figueroa as The Chorus & The Apothecary
  • Lee Rowley as Prince Escalus
  • Matthew Garnaas as Abrahm & Friar John
  • Grant Boyer as Gregory & Peter

The Comedy of Romeo & Juliet Kinda Sorta

runs at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23 at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St.

Please click here for tickets, which are selling fast. At $12 for Thursday and $15 for Friday and Saturday.