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Long Beach Shakespeare Company

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The Long Beach Shakespeare Company
Casting The Tempest by William Shakespeare
NON UNION/NO PAY PRODUCTION
Director Nick Napoli
Producer Dana Leach
Synopsis: Prospero was once Duke of Milan, but his brother kidnapped Prospero and his infant child and set them adrift. Years later, the Duke’s ship is passing by the very island Propsero and his daughter Miranda had landed on years ago. Prospero orders his servant, a magical spirit named Ariel, to create a storm to sink the ship. The Duke and his co-conspirators wash up on shore the next morning, separated from everyone else, including Prince Ferdinand. Stephano the butler and Trinculo the fool find themselves washed up with the liquor and get drunk with a sea creature named Caliban,who has been the enslaved servant of Prospero. he convinces Stephano and Trinculo to help him kill Prospero.
Meanwhile Ferdinand encounters and has fallen in love with Miranda. Prospero decides to test Ferdinand’s devotion and has him complete menial tasks.
Pleased with Ferdinand, he has the spirits of the island give their blessings to the couple. He finally brings everyone back together, releases Ariel, and abjures his magic forever to return back to Milan.
All In person rehearsals and performances are at The Helen Borgers Theatre 4250 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach CA 90807
All cast must be vaccinated.
You must be available for all Tech week rehearsals and All performances. We DO NOT use understudies.
Rehearsals are M-Th 7pm-10pm Sat and Sun 12-6pm
Zoom Rehearsals
Sat July 16 @ 12pm Read Thru
Mon-Thur. July 18,19,20,21
In Theatre Rehearsals
Mon-Thurs. July 25,26,27,28, 30,31
Aug 1,2,3,4, 6,7, 8,9,10,11,13,14,15,16,17,18
Tech Week Begins
Aug 20,21,22,23
Wed. Aug 24 Dress
Thurs Aug 25 – Dress Rehearsal and photos
Performances Fri & Sat Call time 7pm show at 8pm, Sun Call time 1pm show 2pm
Aug 26,27,28
Sept. 3,4,9,10,11,16,17
All Cast and Crew Strike Sun Sept. 18 at 11:00am
Miranda – Female 16-20 – Prospera’s only daughter; Miranda was a child when Prospera was deposed, and was cast into the sea with her. Miranda has grown up in isolation and adversity alongside her mother on the Island. She desires connection, and embodies the qualities of curiosity, empathy, and intelligence.
Ferdinand – Male 16 -20 Alonso’s son and heir to the throne of Naples. He is separated from his father in the tempest and heartbroken at the loss. While searching the island for Alonso he meets Miranda and they fall in love. Ferdinand & Miranda’s love and unreserved generosity for each other is what compels Prospera to find forgiveness. Role requires comfortability with stage combat.
Ariel – any gender 18-30 – Lighter than air and invisible to all except Prospera & the audience. Powerful enough to summon other spirits and Gods and to control the elements, yet sensitive enough to ask Prospera for her love and to speak out against her treatment of Gonzala. Ariel is Shakespeare’s most musical character, and his most magical. Role requires comfortability with physical theatre, mask work, and singing.
Caliban – Male 18 – 30 – Described as “Half-Fish and half monster” Caliban is the original inhabitant of the Island and the offspring of the powerful witch Sycorax. Caliban is forced into slavery by Prospera after attempting to rape her daughter. Role requires comfortability with physical theatre, mask work, and stage combat.
Alonso – Male 40+ – The King of Naples who contrived with Antonia to dispose of Prospera. He spends the play searching for his lost son, and his sorrow permeates his character as he slowly descends into desperation. The reunion of Alonso and Ferdinand at the end of the play is proof of Alonso’s transformation and ultimate redemption.
Sebastian -Male 25-40 – Alonso’s brother. As callous as Antonia but far less tactful. Emotional and unpredictable. Loyal but critical of his brother’s leadership, and jealous that he wasn’t the one to marry Claribel.
Gonzala – Female 50+ – A counselor and friend to Prospera and Miranda. She saved their lives when they were deposed by Antonia, and provided Prospera with her books. Her near death experience in the opening scene captures the audience’s hearts and colors the entire play that follows. An optimist who’s joy at getting a second chance is a thousand times the sorrow she feels as the ship sinks.
Stephano – Male 25-40 – Alonso’s drunken butler. Drunk both on wine and the power he wields over Caliban as they romanticize murdering Prospera and ruling the Island. Role requires comfortability with physical theatre, mask work, and stage combat.
Trinculo – Male any age – Alonso’s court Jester. A shallow and material man enamored of trinkets and whatever else could possibly make him a profit. He muses over taking Caliban back to England and charging people a fee to see him.
Spirit/Juno/reaper/hound/Boatswain-Any gender any age –
The spirits will form an ensemble that is central to the magic in the play. Through the use of mask work, fabric, music, and movement the spirits will create the storm in the opening act, the disappearing banquet, the hound chase, and the wedding Masque. Role requires comfortability with physical theatre, mask work, and singing.
Spirit/Iris/reaper/hound/Master-Any gender any age –
The spirits will form an ensemble that is central to the magic in the play. Through the use of mask work, fabric, music, and movement the spirits will create the storm in the opening act, the disappearing banquet, the hound chase, and the wedding Masque. Role requires comfortability with physical theatre, mask work, and singing.
Spirit/Ceres/reaper/hound-Any gender any age –
The spirits will form an ensemble that is central to the magic in the play. Through the use of mask work, fabric, music and movement the spirits will create the storm in the opening act, the disappearing banquet, the hound chase, and the wedding Masque. Role requires comfortability with physical theatre, mask work, and singing.

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