(Fremont County, Wyo.) - Twenty-one actors from CWC, the community, area high schools, and elementary schools are putting the finishing touches on their production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The opening night is tonight, October 13th at 7:00pm. A Gala, featuring sparkling juices and desserts from Katie’s Cakery, will follow this performance. The show continues with evening performances on Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th, at 7:00pm, and concludes with a matinee performance on Sunday the 16th at 2:00 pm.
The Tempest is Shakespeare’s last solo play and one of his most beloved. The play takes place on an enchanted island where Prospero, a magician and the rightful Duke of Milan, has been marooned for twelve years with his beautiful daughter, Miranda. The other two inhabitants are Ariel, a spirit and Caliban, half man, half beast. One day a ship carrying the people responsible for usurping Prospero pass near the island. Prospero and Ariel raise a great storm, wrecking the ship. His enemies swim to the island, where they are now subject to Prospero’s magic and revenge.
Prospero is played by CWC film student Sterling Harvell of Casper. Ariel is played by Aubrey DuCharme of Wind River High School. Caliban is played by long-time community actor, Ron Howard. The role of Miranda is shared by CWC theatre students Kierra Muehler of Riverton and Sammy Caldwell of Layton, Utah.
The Tempest has more music and dance than any of Shakespeare’s plays. The musical director is CWC theatre major Clarissa Wykstra, also of Layton, Utah. Choreography is by Neeley Snyder, a teacher at Motion Bliss Dance in Riverton. The set and lights are by Alec Henderson, the new designer for the CWC theatre department.
Tickets may be obtained in person at the Robert A. Peck Art Center box office, by calling 307-855-2002, on-line at www.tickets.cwc.edu, or at the door before a performance. Advance tickets for adults are $8 or $10 at the door. Youth and senior tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door.
Director Mike Myers says people should not be afraid of Shakespeare. “No one understands every line, and it is not important that they do. If you can follow the story, that’s all that matters. People should bring their children to introduce them to live theatre and Shakespeare. “