September 29, 30, October 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m. October 1, 8, at 2 p.m.
Believed to be Shakespeare’s final solo-written play, The Tempest explores aspects of love, forgiveness versus vengeance, and redemption. Prospero has survived 12 years marooned on an island with his daughter, Miranda, when the men who cheated him of his Dukedom sail within reach of his powerful magic. To feed his revenge, Prospero conjures up a tempest that will shipwreck his enemies and leave them at his mercy. But Miranda falls in love with a Prince cast ashore, while Caliban and Ariel, the island's native inhabitants, frighten and amaze the mariners. In the end, will Prospero get his due or learn that "the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance?"
The Mainstage festival production features visiting professional guest artists and Grand Valley students. Guest director Curt Tofteland heads the list of guest artists. Guest actors include festival newcomers Atis Kleinbergs and Lisa Abbott who will be playing Prospero and Gonzala for this production. Returning to the festival is Scott Wright who has appeared previously as Duke of Buckingham in Richard III and as Amiens in As You Like It, Also joining the production is guest professional stage manager Savannah Draper.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. No children under school age admitted.
Additional Events for The Tempest
September 29 and October 7....................................... 6:45 p.m.
Van Solkema Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus
Opening Night Reception
There will be a free, public reception following the opening night performance of The Tempest in the Pere Marquette room of Kirkhof Center, or in our New Black Box (if it's ready in time). The reception will include a cash bar and is free and open to the public with presentation of ticket from the opening night performance.
Secondary School Matinees
October 2, 3, and 5.................................................. 10 a.m.
Student matinee performances are for area secondary schools who pre-register to attend the performances. For registration information or questions, visit our Schools page