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Feb. 16-18: Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
1/26/2017 1:00:00 AM
By: Sarah Haas, Communications Director

(PARK HILLS) – Mineral Area College’s Little Theatre Guild is getting ready to perform “The Tempest,” one of Shakespeare’s most renowned works.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances are at 7 p.m. nightly, Feb. 16-18, in the Fine Arts Theatre at the Park Hills Campus. Tickets are available at the MAC Bookstore or at the door on the night of the performances, and are $7 general admission, or $3 for MAC students and senior citizens.

“The Tempest,” believed to have been written in 1610–11, is thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand.

MAC Theatre Professor Chuck Gallaher said the play will appeal to Shakespeare fans of all ages.

“The beauty about Shakespeare, besides the words of course, is how many different ways it can be interpreted on stage.” he said. “The cast and I are planning on giving our audience a something that they have never seen before.”

The cast list includes:

Prospero - Aaron Gamble, Potosi; Antonio - Kevin Bohnemkamp, Bonne Terre; Miranda - Addy Hall, Farmington; Stephano - Caitlyn Emert, Pilot Knob; Gonzalo - Frank Miller, Desloge; Alonso - David Orzel, Bonne Terre; Trinculo - Logan Willmore, Farmington; Caliban - Sandra L. Szendrey, Ironton; Ferdinand - Seth Dooley, Park Hills; Sebastian - Jonathan Turner, Fredericktown; Ariel - Christon Hahn, Farmington; Boatswain - Michael Burnette, Farmington; Iris/Spirit - Baylee Finley, Cadet; Ceres/Spirit - Logan Shropshire, Delsoge.

The Little Theatre Guild’s next performance, Next to Normal, will be performed April 19-22. For more information, call (573) 518-2181, or email cgallahe@MineralArea.edu.


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