Saint John Theatre Company’s 29th season begins with Loyalist City Shakespeare’s production of ‘The Tempest’, July 18-21.
This summer marks Loyalist City Shakespeare’s fourth summer production and its first time tackling the Bard’s timeless tale of loss and reconciliation. Set to take the BMO Theatre stage July 18-21, LCS’s production of The Tempest follows previous productions of The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and A Mid Summer Night’s Dream.
Auditions were held May 12 and rehearsals are now underway under the direction of Matt Hamilton Snow, who hopes the show will appeal to audiences of all ages, even those who “hate” Shakespeare.
“The scripts are edited so the material is more accessible to young, modern audiences,” said Hamilton Snow. “My goal is to make the show enjoyable to people who hate Shakespeare. I feel that analyzing and dissecting Shakespeare’s work in school tends to turn students away from wanting to see a Shakespearean play in their adult life. The words were always meant to be spoken out loud, heard and felt, so we try to bring this story to the stage in a way that everyone can enjoy.”
The Tempest tells a tale of revenge, redemption and forgiveness. The story begins in the midst of a storm as a ship containing the king of Naples and his party struggles to stay afloat. On land, Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, watch the storm envelop the ship. Prospero has created the storm with magic, and he explains that his enemies are on board the ship.
The Tempest will run at BMO Studio Theatre located at 112 Princess Street from July 18-21. Tickets are $17.50 and $12.50 for students.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.ticketpro.ca or by calling 1-888-311-9090.