July 26-Aug. 5—RUTLAND COUNTY— Award-winning Rutland Youth Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” July 26-Aug. 5 as a traveling troupe.
Produced by Saskia Hagen Groom, directed by Andrew Freeman, “The Tempest” is a play believed to have been written in 1610–1611, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm to cause his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to believe they are shipwrecked and marooned on the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the king, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.
Twenty-five thespians from middle and high schools of the greater Rutland area are participating.
Several shows are being held indoors. For the shows performed outdoors, rain locations are available nearby (except Giorgetti’s Park). Bring a blanket or chair.
Show times are as follows:
Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 p.m. in the community room at The Gables, Rutland (selected scenes);
Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m. in the beautiful gardens at The Lilac Inn, Brandon; Friday, July 28, 7 p.m. in the gazebo at Godnick Adult Center, Rutland; Saturday, July 29, 2 p.m. on Belmont Village Green, Mount Holly and at 7 p.m. at West Rutland Town Hall, West Rutland; Sunday, July 30, 2 p.m. on the field at Giorgetti Park, Rutland; Monday, July 31, 7 p.m. at Springfield Cinema Theatre, Springfield; Tuesday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. in the community room at The Maples, Rutland (selected scenes); Friday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m. at Wallingford Town Hall, Wallingford; and Saturday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m. at Larson Homestead, South Street in Middletown Springs.
These are free events (donations accepted). All shows are open to the public. Shows will feature a bake sale with proceeds going to support RYT. For more information call 802-591-0041 or visit rutlandrec.com/theatre.
Photo by Krista Barbagallo-Brush
Rutland Youth Theatre actors run through a dress rehearsal of the latest production — “The Tempest.”