UMF to present Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” March 13-16

FARMINGTON — The enchanted island of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will come to life at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Alumni Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 13-15; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16. The play opens with a tempest-tossed shipwreck on the island where Prospero and his daughter Miranda have been stranded for many years.

A major Theatre UMF production, “The Tempest” brings students, staff and faculty, and community members together for an impressive performance. “It takes a significant group of dedicated people — actors, designers and technical crew — to stage this production,” said Jayne Decker, director and UMF faculty member.

UMF students are involved in all areas of production. Many of the actors are taking the costume design class with Elizabeth Dorr and participating in design and construction of their costumes. Others are involved in constructing the set, painting and hanging lights under the guidance of technical director, Stan Spilecki. Students from Decker’s Space Lab class are building props and running the box office. Two students, Shelby Thibodeau and Ahnna Balai-Beane, are lead make-up designers, creating the make-up effects for Ariel and Caliban, and other creatures that inhabit the island.

The mainly student cast is joined by Gordon LePage, Mt. Blue High School French teacher, as Gonzalo, and Daniel P. Gunn, UMF interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, as Prospero and dramaturge for the performance. “Dan provides the actors with a wonderful academic understanding of Shakespeare,” said Decker.

Philip Carlsen, composer and UMF professor of music, has written an original score for the performance of Shakespeare’s songs. Bobbie Hanstein, award-winning journalist and editor and community theater member, is creating the choreography.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling 207-778-7465.

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