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Shakespeare's 'Tempest' rages at Virginia Intermont

November 2nd, 2011 4:41 am by staff report

Shakespeare's 'Tempest' rages at Virginia Intermont

From left, students Mary Hannah Garber, Jenna McClelland-Nease and Audrey Kuykendall star in the Virginia Intermont College theatre department's production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

Virginia Intermont College’s theatre department is staging Shakespeare’s fantastical drama “The Tempest” — with a nontraditional twist.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10-12 and at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 13 in Trayer Theatre of the Ann R. Worrell Fine Arts Center on the campus in Bristol, Va .

General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

“The Tempest” is an intricate story filled with not only magic and suspense but also comedy and romance. Set on an enchanted Mediterranean island, the play centers on Prospera, a deposed Duke turned sorcerer, who commands spirits and savages in her new exotic kingdom.

Long hungry for revenge, she conjures a fantastic sea storm to lure her usurpers ashore. A story unfolds that is filled with power-driven characters seeking a path to kingly rule by way of passion, treachery or murder.

But Prospera discovers hope in the love match she has orchestrated for her daughter, Miranda. She overcomes her thirst for vengeance, lets go of anger and finds reconciliation.

Virginia Intermont theatre major Audrey Kuykendall of Bristol, Va., portrays the wronged Duke of Milan. VI student Jenna McClelland-Nease of Maryville, Tenn., has the role of Miranda, and Mary Hannah Garber of Boones Mill, Va., also a VI student, plays her spirit servant, Ariel.

The clowns, Stephano and Trinculo, are portrayed by Ryan Gray of Chilhowie, Va., and Chris Hobbs of Bristol, Va., while royal party members Sebastia, Gonzala and Adriana are played by Angelique Howington of Nashville, Tenn., Sarah Jones of Yorktown, Va., and Lindsay Soja of Hartly, Del. The goddesses, Juno and Iris, are portrayed by Salonia Thorn of Abingdon, Va., and Ashley Boggs of Pungoteague, Va. All are majoring in theatre at Virginia Intermont.

The cast is rounded out by VI students Adam Kuykendall of Bristol, Va., as King Alonzo, Stephanie Nix of Sumter, S.C., as Ceres, Sarah Morey of Onley, Va., as Island Spirit, plus Bristol community members Hunter Graybeal as Caliban, Trey White as Ferdinand and Amy Oblinger as Antonia.

 The show is directed by VI’s Bonny Gable, associate professor of theatre, with design and technical direction by Dale Marshall, assistant professor of theatre. VI theatre major Paul Pratt of Glade Spring, Va., is stage manager, with technical assistance from fellow student Marjorie Fishback of Dumfries, Va.

For more information, call Gable at (276) 466-7973 or email her at bonnygable@vic.edu .

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