LOVE was in the air at St John's Anglican Church in Launceston yesterday.
No, it wasn't a wedding, but 22 Launceston Church Grammar School students reciting love poems, singing, dancing and performing scenes from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, as part of their study on love.
Although the performance by the all- girls grade 9 English class was initially meant to be performed near the fountain in Princes Square, forecast inclement weather forced the event into the church.
English teacher Lorelle Van Pelt said the idea to take the performance out of the classroom and into one of Launceston's public parks was that of student Jessie Horder- Geraghty because it was a beautiful, romantic place.
"This was their first experience of doing a Shakespeare play and the language is not always accessible, so I thought coming from an English teacher's viewpoint, if you start doing some performances in class the students will grasp a better understanding of what is being said," Ms Van Pelt said.
She said once the decision was made to take the performance outside the classroom, the students were instrumental in organising every aspect - from costumes to invitations.
The study looked at platonic, intimate and many other aspects of the feelings around love.