Utah Opera’s Romeo and Juliet helps to bring suicide prevention awareness to teens

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – The Utah Opera is giving local organizations who work on suicide prevention a vehicle to connect with teens about the topic. 

Currently, there will be information and representatives available in the lobby of the Capitol Theater during the current run of “Romeo and Juliet.”

Since the play deals with teen suicide, the Opera says it is important to raise awareness on the topic, especially since in the wake of Utah Department of Health study released this week reveals nearly one in four teens consider suicide. 

“When you’re in the arts, it can be sometimes a little easy to look the other way for serious subjects, and we said no, this one is serious enough,” said Christopher McBeth, Artistic Director of the Utah Opera. “We need to make something of it, and make sure people know that we are not being cavalier about something as tragic as young people taking their own lives.”

 Utah Opera encourages parents and educators to use the art form as a conversation starter to address often difficult and current issues that have great relevance in people’s lives today. 

Romeo and Juliet has three more runs. Wednesday night at 7, Friday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2. 

For more information, you can visit their website utahopera.org

 If you or someone you know needs help, there’s the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information, visit utahsuicideprevention.org.

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