"The Tempest" to be performed outdoors by Lincoln College Theater
September 21, 2013, By Mike Fak, Although William Shakespeare's play “The Tempest” has been around for 500 years, that doesn't mean it can't be presented with an interesting twist.
This season the Lincoln College Theater will be presenting “The Tempest” outdoors at the Creekside Environmental Center in rural Logan County.
The play, which is set on an island, seemed to be a perfect one for director Kenneth Kendall to have performed outdoors.
According to Kendall, “The outdoor atmosphere plays a huge role in the script for “The Tempest”. The island on which the play is set is a character in and of itself, and I wanted to really transport the audience into nature to get a better feeling for the world of the play. Creekside presents a unique opportunity for our audience members to be surrounded by nature, while also staying very close to home.”
But there is more to the location than just being outdoors for Kendall. “I wanted to showcase the work of Dr. Dennis Campbell, and to raise awareness in the community of this new asset. Dr. Campbell and his students (as well as many community volunteers) have created a wonderful space at Creekside.”
Kendall is also a practitioner of “Green Living” and explained, “I am very interested in "green" production practices, and having this production at Creekside presents some interesting challenges: the primary challenge being that there is no power out there. So we are lighting the production with solar lights and hand-held battery-powered lanterns. The set is constructed of platforms from our existing stock, and the only thing we have bought for the set is fabric (which will be saved and used for other productions). The costumes are in our existing stock, as are the props used in the piece. Theatre doesn't have to be a large consumer of electricity or resources, and I am striving to prove that with this production.
The dates and times for the play are October 2 -5 at 6:30 pm and 2:30 pm on October 6. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $1 for Lincoln College students. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic supplies. Due to limited parking, carpooling is recommended.
The play stars, Alexa Maxey from Lincoln, IL as Prospera. Tegan Follis from Lincoln, IL as Miranda. Brett Nelson from Dewitt, IA as Ferdinand. Kendall Katz from Lincoln, IL as Caliban, Boatswain and Ariel. India Rhae Stoddard from Killeen, TX as Antonia and Ceres. Riley Dobson from Crystal Lake, IL as Sebastian. Chase Krones from Peoria, IL as Alonso. Angelique Tally from Chicago, IL as Gonzala. Bobby Wilhelmson from Fort Morgan, CO as Stephano and Juno. And Lauren Stanfield from Lincoln, IL as Trincula and Iris.
In the event of inclement weather, the play will be held at the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts.