Summer 2018 : The Tempest

We are now cast. Hooray!

We last presented The Tempest in 2003 at the Stag theatre. Most of the images on file are….disappointing, but only because we now all have a a broadcast-quality camera in our phones! If you DO have a decent image, please upload it through the box on the right, and we will all benefit. Thanks.

28/29/30 June 2018 at the White Rock

4/5/6/7/8 July 2018 at the White Rock

14/15 July 2018 at St. Briavels Castle

Rehearsals start: Easter 18

The Cast:

Alonso, King of Naples, Phil Newton

Sebastian, Alonso’s brother, Steve Williams

Prospera, Lucy Smith

Antonia, usurper of Prospero’s title, Bizz Portlock

Ferdinand, son of Alonso,  Iain Drennan

Gonzalo, honest old councillor, Paul Friett

Caliban, Ben Dangerfield

Trinculo, witty jester,  Steve Fenlon

Stephano, drunken butler, John Turnbull

Miranda, Prospera’s daughter, Kate Peters

Ariel, Prospera’s industrious servant, Matt Friett

Iris, Goddess,  Jenny Armstrong

Juno, another Goddess, tbc

Boatswain, Christopher Franks

Master of the ship, Steve Fenlon

 

Archived Information inc Audition pieces by Character

Auditions were held (all at Otford Village Memorial Hall) on:
Sunday 22nd. October 2017 from 10am – 1pm
Monday 23rd. October from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Tuesday 24th. October from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Sunday November 5th. from 3-5pm.

The Cast:

Alonso, King of Naples, Phil Newton

Sebastian, Alonso’s brother, Steve Williams

Prospera, Lucy Smith

Antonia, usurper of Prospero’s title, Bizz Portlock

Ferdinand, son of Alonso,  Iain Drennan

Gonzalo, honest old councillor, Paul Friett

Caliban, Ben Dangerfield

Trinculo, witty jester,  Steve Fenlon

Stephano, drunken butler, John Turnbull

Miranda, Prospera’s daughter, Kate Peters

Ariel, Prospera’s industrious servant, Matt Friett

Iris, Goddess,  Jenny Armstrong

Juno, another Goddess, tbc

Boatswain, Christopher Franks

Master of the ship, Steve Fenlon

 

The CAST!

GENERAL NOTES
The parts listed below are those listed in the uncut script. Some of these characters (especially those listed as “Other parts”) may not survive my final cut of the play.
Similarly, the lines allocated to all the main characters are every one that is in the original text. Some of those lines will definitely go in my adaptation.
The gender of some of the characters will not necessarily influence my decision on who I cast. The parts of Prospero, Ariel, Stephano and Trinculo could be played by female actors as I intend to present the play in a modern setting and we have female Heads of State aplenty and the odd female drunk too. I am prepared to countenance other offers from ladies too, but Miranda is a girl and Ferdinand is a boy.

 

Alonso, King of Naples, Phil Newton

Sebastian, Alonso’s brother, Steve Williams

Prospera, Lucy Smith

Antonia, usurper of Prospero’s title, Bizz Portlock

Ferdinand, son of Alonso,  Iain Drennan

Gonzalo, honest old councillor, Paul Friett

Caliban, Ben Dangerfield

Trinculo, witty jester,  Steve Fenlon

Stephano, drunken butler, John Turnbull

Miranda, Prospera’s daughter, Kate Peters

Ariel, Prospera’s industrious servant, Matt Friett

Iris, Goddess,  Jenny Armstrong

Juno, another Goddess, tbc

Boatswain, Christopher Franks

Master of the ship, Steve Fenlon

Sebastian

SEBASTIAN (120 lines) Brother of Alonso, lazy and suggestible. He is persuaded to by Antonio to try to kill Alonso and become King of Naples.

Audition Pieces:

5 i 203   ” I have inly wept …….What is the news?” (omit Alonso’s lines)

Prospero

PROSPERO (674 lines) The rightful Duke of Milan, cast adrift on the sea by his brother Antonio. Using his magic on the island where he and Miranda are shipwrecked, he creates the tempest which brings those who usurped him to the island where he exacts his revenge on them.

2 Audition Pieces:

1 ii 82  “My brother and thy uncle ….Dost thou hear?”  (omit Miranda’s lines)
Epilogue  “Now my charms ” …. ” set me free.”

Antonio

ANTONIO (148 lines) The usurper of Prospero’s title as Duke of Milan. He tries to persuade Sebastian to follow his example and kill his own brother, Alonso.

Audition Pieces:

Ferdinand

FERDINAND (140 lines) Prince of Naples. Son of Alonso. He falls in love with Miranda and woos her although taken prisoner by Prospero and has to prove himself a worthy suitor by serving Prospero.

Audition Pieces:

3 i 4    “There be some sports …… when I do it.”
3 I 38  “Admired Miranda ….Of every creature’s best.”

Gonzalo

GONZALO (161 lines) Honest old councillor in the court of King Alonso. He allowed Prospero to take his books into exile. Prospero remembers him with affection and does not exact revenge on him.

Audition Pieces:

5 i 203   ” I have inly wept …….What is the news?” (omit Alonso’s lines)

Adrian & Francisco

Two lords of Alonso’s court.

Audition Pieces:

5 i 203   ” I have inly wept …….What is the news?” (omit Alonso’s lines)

Caliban

CALIBAN (175 lines) Savage and deformed slave to Prospero, but has most of the beautiful poetry in the play. Son of the dead witch Sycorax who ruled the island before Prospero’s arrival. Taught to speak by Miranda, who he tried to rape, so is made captive by Prospero. Finds a new master in Alonso’s alcoholic butler, Stephano and encourages him to overthrow Prospero.

Audition Pieces:

1 ii 396  “This island’s mine …. the rest of the island.”
2 ii 1   “All the infections … Do hiss me into madness.”

Ariel

ARIEL (194 lines) Spirit once enslaved to Caliban’s mother Sycorax and liberated by Prospero. The “industrious servant” of his new master who wins his freedom by helping Prospero with his plan to humiliate his enemies. Think Puck in skin-tight lycra.

Audition Pieces:

1 ii 230  “I boarded the king’s ship… all the devils are here.” (omit Prospero’s lines)
3 iii 69 “You are three men of sin… And a clear life ensuing.”
1 vi 86 “I told you sir,…..O’erstunk their feet.”

Iris, Ceres & Juno

IRIS (41 lines), CERES (24 lines) and JUNO (7 lines) Characters in a masque played by Ariel and other spirits

Audition Pieces:

Ceres:
4 i 76   “Hail, many-coloured messenger …. I have forsworn.” (omit Iris’s lines)
Iris:
4 i 60  Ceres, most bounteous lady…..Approach, rich Ceres, her to entertain.”

Other: Mariners, Spirits etc

OTHER PARTS: MASTER OF A SHIP, THE BOATSWAIN, MARINERS, NYMPHS, REAPERS and OTHER SPIRITS IN THE SERVICE OF PROSPERO.

Audition Pieces:

5 i 232  “If I did think, sir ….. moping hither.”

Alonso

ALONSO (109 lines) King of Naples, he allowed Antonio to usurp the title of Duke of Milan and presumes Prospero to have died at sea.

Miranda

MIRANDA (142 lines) Daughter of Prospero, she falls in love with Ferdinand. She epitomizes Shakespearean Romantic heroines when she comments, “How beauteous mankind is!” In her mid-teens.

Pieces:

Miranda:
1 ii 49  “If by your art …. The fraughting souls within her.”
1 ii 355  “Abhorred slave…..more than a prison.”
3 I 48   “I do not know one of my sex;  …. I therein do forget.”

Stephano & Trinculo

STEPHANO (163 lines) Alonso’s butler, he introduces Caliban to the pleasures and pitfalls of alcohol.

TRINCULO (105 lines) Witty jester, he forms a clown-like trio with Caliban and Stephano to overthrow Prospero.

Pieces:

Stephano:
2 ii 54  “What’s the matter?  Have we devils here ….. open your chaps again>” (omit Caliban’s lines.

Trinculo:
2 ii 18  “Here’s neither bush …. till the dregs of the storm be past.”

Some earlier work.....

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