From the 2012-2013 Season:
Playing January 03, 2013 to January 27, 2013
A Suzi Recommended Show!
Directed by Laura Cole
Shipwrecked after a violent storm, little do the survivors know that they have landed on an enchanted isle controlled by Prospero, the magician and full of sprites and other extraordinary creatures. Prospero’s magic can do many things, but will it mend a family feud and set Ariel and Caliban free? Come and see what fantastical events will be.
Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday Jan 13 after the show!
Read the Plot Synopsis
Twelve years before the play begins, Antonio, helped by the King of Naples, Alonso, usurped his brother Prospero’s dukedom of Milan and put Prospero and his child Miranda to sea in a rotten boat. They reached a far-off island where Prospero resorted to the books on magic that a loyal lord, Gonzalo, had sent with him. He freed Ariel, an ”airy spirit” whom the dead witch, Sycorax, had imprisoned in a cloven pine, and he attempted to educate the witch’s son, the deformed Caliban. When Caliban sought to rape Miranda, Prospero made him into a slave.
Prospero tells the story to his daughter just after the raising of a magical storm that has cast upon the island Alonso and Antonio with Alonso’s son Ferdinand, his brother Sebastian, and attendant lords. Ariel leads Ferdinand to Prospero’s cell; there the youth falls in love with Miranda, and Prospero sets him to the hardest of menial tasks. The King (Act II) believes that Ferdinand is drowned; Antonio and Sebastian plan to murder Alonso, but thanks to the invisible Ariel, the deed is prevented. Stephano and Trinculo, Alonso’s butler and jester, are involved drunkenly with Caliban.
Aided by Ariel (Act III) Prospero uses his magic art to baffle the royal party. Agreeing to the betrothal of Miranda and Ferdinand, he summons a masque for them (Act IV). Later (Act V) he decides to abandon his revenge, to forgive his enemies, and break his magic staff. Then he reveals himself, demands back his dukedom, shows Ferdinand at chess with Miranda, sets Ariel free, and speaks a wistful epilogue before sailing home.
Shakespeare has obeyed the “unities” here: the action of The Tempest is on a single day and in the same place.
-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin
Act One - 60 min / Act Two - 60 min
Prospero - Maurice Ralston*
Ariel - J.C. Long*
Miranda - Kati Grace Morton
Caliban - Matt Felten
Antonio - Andrew Houchins*
Ferdinand - Chris Rushing
Trinculo - Daniel Parvis
Stephano - Nicholas Faircloth
Alonso, King of Naples - J. Tony Brown*
Sebastian - Stuart McDaniel
Gonzalo - Doug Kaye*
Francisco - Stephen Hanthorn
Adrian - Clarke Weigle
Boatswain - Stephen Hanthorn
Iris, a spirit - Kirstin Calvert
Ceres, a spirit - Becky Cormier Finch
Juno, a spirit - Rivka Levin*
Master of the Ship - Daniel Parvis
Reapers - Matt Felten, Stephen Hanthorn, Daniel Parvis
Shapes - Chris Rushing, Kati Grace Morton, Kirstin Calvert, Becky Cormier Finch
Mariners - Kati Grace Morton, Kirstin Calvert, Becky Cormier Finch
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Bardometer RatingHow difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?
You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (though please note that Shakespeare was a bawdy writer, you can’t escape it in any of his plays). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!
We recommend this type of play to families, school-age kids, first-timers to Shakespeare, or anyone who just wants to do something fun on a night off. This type of play is perfect for large groups like birthday parties or special event gatherings.
How to prepare for seeing this kind of play: Just show up! You don’t need to know the play to follow along and enjoy.