There will be no tea pot, but The Tempest opens Saturday, August 28 for weekend performances through September 13.
Performances will be held at the John L. Carter Park in Half Moon. The lights go on at 6 p.m. and the gates are open at 5 p.m. for picnicking. The audience is encouraged to dress warmly for the cool coastal evenings and bring beach chairs or blankets for closer seating. Camp chairs may be used for seating in the back where they will also be hay bales.
The four-year-old Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company announced that playing the role of Prospero, is Jeff Trescott and the role of Miranda, Prospero’s young daughter, will be played by Amanda Farbstein. Julia Tholloug will play Prospero’s spirit helper, Ariel. Caliban, the servant to Prospero will be played by Jaap Tuinman and Jeremy Judge will portray Ferdinand, the son of Alonso, the King of Naples and love interest for Miranda. Others in the cast include Stephen Forth as Stephano, Rob Hedges as Antonio, Neiry Rojo as Trinculo, Storm Russell as Gonzolo, Grant Corvin as Sebastian and Chris Cruz as Boatswain/Adrien.
Sara Ramos is Stage Manager and the play will be directed by Paul Smith who directed productions at Coastal Repertory Theatre and Nebraska Shakespeare. Producing and manning the Box Office is co-founder, Lee Ellis.
The Tempest, believed to be Shakespeare’s final play, contains some of his most flamboyant stage directions. Redemption, deceit, revenge, forgiveness and love are woven into this comedy of mishap, involving Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan cast upon the sea with his daughter Miranda and shipwrecked and marooned upon enchanted island inhabited with a witch, her son, Caliban and attending spirits.
But ho! Prospero is a skilled magician and soon rules over all the spirits, creatures and Caliban. A ship sails into sight of the island and Prospero creates a tempest upon the sea that casts the inhabitants of the ship upon the shores of his island. In the ship are Alonzo, the King of Naples, his son Ferdinand, Antonio, brother to Prospero and the usurper of his title, Sebastian, brother to Alonzo and co-conspirator with Antonio, Gonzolo, friend to Prospero, Adrian, a lord and Trinculo and Stephano, servants to King Alonzo.
With the help of Ariel, Prospero’s spirit servant, the magician weaves a web of intrigue and scheming to trap them into his snares.
But alls well that ends well and Miranda discovers a brave new world of romance.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12. For tickets and more information, visit www.hmbshakespeare.org.