The Kaslo Shakespeare Festival, in its second season, will bring The Tempest to life in various settings from July 1 to 8.
In The Tempest, one of the Bard’s last plays, we are transported to an island where a magician Prospero and his daughter live with fairy spirits and a monster-like creature. When Prospero raises a sea-storm through his magical arts, with the help of his servant fairy Ariel, a ship carrying his enemies is seemingly wrecked on the island shores.
So begins this wonderous tale of magic, evil ambition, betrayal, humour and forgiveness that leads us into the mystery of our true human nature. As Prospero speaks, “The rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance.”
The production features live original music (harp, violin and flute) and the movement art of Eurythmy (Ariel), which makes visible the sounds of the spoken word through imaginative gestures and choreography.
The festival was inaugurated last summer by Wendy and Colin Poer when they presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream to sold out audiences and extended its run.
This year’s festival schedule includes:
• A performance of scenes at the Canada Day library fundraiser at Vimy Park in Kaslo on July 1 between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• A free preview performance of part of the play at the outdoor Front Street Theatre in downtown Kaslo on Sunday, July 2 at 7 p.m.
• Three full performances at the Langham Cultural Centre theatre at 7 p.m., July 6 to 8.
Tickets are $20 ($15 for students) and are available at the Eurythmy Studio and Bookstore and Sunnyside Naturals in Kaslo. For more information on the performances call 250-353-7675.