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The Tempest will be the “stuff that dreams are made on”

The Tempest will grace the stage Nov. 18-21, 2015. Photo by Abbie Wells

“The Tempest” will grace the stage Nov. 18-21, 2015. Photo by Abbie Wells

By Abbie Wells

Waldorf College’s production of “The Tempest” will be the “stuff that dreams are made on.”

The Waldorf College Theatre Department will be presenting Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” Nov. 18-21. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and the doors to the theatre will be opened at 7 p.m. Smith Theatre is located in Voss at Waldorf College. General admission for the show is $10, seniors and student tickets cost $8 and Waldorf students get in for $2.

The show takes place on an island where a small bit of coincidence and a whole lot of magic have brought old friends, acquaintance and enemies together. A terrible storm has wrecked the ship of the King of Naples leaving himself, his family and advisors lost at sea on this deserted island. This is the island where his brother Prospero and his daughter Miranda came upon many years ago when he was chased out of his country. Through Prospero’s magic and the magic of his spirit servant Ariel, they control the island and it’s newest visitors to settle a long lasting score.

The cast includes Philip Detrick, Abbie Wells, Mary Argall, Jeff Hartnett, Jon Quigley, Kaleb Shondel, Emily Anderson, Anton Kudej, Toney Wise Jr., Marlon Banks, Sydney Hutchison, Dr. Cynthia Ryder, Jacob Glass, Dakota Brass, Kate Workman, Jenni Martin, Alexis Washington, Destiny Childs, Emily Dolan, Nikki Hensley, Korrin Hult and Sam Rosenberg.

Freshman Jon Quigley plays the role of Caliban, a monster of the island. “I love getting to play the part as weird as I want. I instantly jumped into the character and Marla (director of “The Tempest”) seemed alright with it, so I get to play the part as I please,” Quigley said.

Senior Emily Walker is stage manager for the show, but is also handling the task of lighting design for “The Tempest” and has been working to make it come alive.

The light design for the show will affect how the audience views the show by not only lighting the actors on stage, but will allow them to be transformed into the magical world of the island,” Walker said. “The colors were chosen based on character’s personalities and moods, so it’ll give the audiences something to relate to in a form of color. While the whole story of the show being an actual story, it separates realities.”
The show opens in just over one week and the cast has been hard at work getting the Shakespeare language under their belt and making it fun for all to enjoy.