The Tempest by William Shakespeare

In this modernist adaptation of Shakespeare's swan song, six actors play all the characters, with two more actors playing koken spirits.  The production celebrated the concept of the magic of words.

 

Scenic design by Jayme Mellema

Costume design by Heather Brown

Lighting Design by David Leugs

Miranda waits on stage
Miranda waits on stage

Prospero watches from above. He begins the storm with his staff.

The storm
The storm

In this production, the storm emerges from Miranda's skirt and becomes Ariel's wings. And then, within seconds, the silk disappears under the stage. It was stunning.

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He holds power over the island. In this production played by Michael Page.

Miranda transforms to Ariel
Miranda transforms to Ariel

Her dress becomes her wings.

Miranda and Ferdinand Fall In Love
Miranda and Ferdinand Fall In Love

Prospero gazes down at his creation.

Caliban
Caliban

The isle's native enjoys playing games.

Antonio
Antonio

Frozen in time by Ariel

Trinculo
Trinculo

In this production there were three traps doors on an alley stage. The actors basically lived under the stage during the show and entered on either end or through the traps.

The spiritual wedding
The spiritual wedding

The gods come down in a masque pageant for the wedding of Miranda and Ferdinand.