Four years ago I wrote a post on this blog titled “What is the point of Theatre?” It showed up on my facebook memories yesterday and I wanted to share it again. Here is my post from 2013 in a different format.
Shakespeare’s The Tempest has always been a favorite of mine. Why? That’s easy. It’s full of beauty and magic. Prospera brings to life an “insubstantial pageant” in which she creates “the cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples, the great globe itself.” She is the playwright of her own performance, and this performative layering utilizes and … More An Aerial “Tempest”
Derrick Karas and Sophia Nelson play the young lovers in HHS’s production of The Tempest. The only thing is that they play their traditional opposite. Karas plays Mirando, the son of Prospera and Nelson plays Ferdinand, the daughter of Queen Alonsa. These characters are traditionally a female Miranda and male Ferdinand but with this production, auditions … More Playing Your Opposite
If you’re looking to see Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it before, look no further than Homestead High School’s production of The Tempest. HHS’s The Tempest is the definition of collaboration. Adapted by Amelia Figg-Franzoi, one of the key distinguishing factors in this re-imagination of Shakespeare’s The Tempest is the movement, which features aerial dance choreography by Andrea … More Adapting “The Tempest”
It’s spring break and the cast of The Tempest are taking a well-deserved break from scheduled rehearsals before Dress rehearsals next week. With only two weeks left to go, we caught up with the three actors who plays Ariel: Khoi Do, Bella Gabor and Emily Harley. “The Tempest” will be on stage in the James Barr Performing Arts … More Interview with the Ariels
I have seen several productions of The Tempest over the years, all done with different design aspects, as well as different casting choices. I have seen both male and female Alonso’s, Gonzalo’s, Trinculo’s, Antonio’s, Ariel’s, and Prospero’s. It could be said that The Tempest is the easiest of Shakespeare’s plays to gender swap. While some … More The Tempest and Gender Swapping