Without hestitation I give this performance 5 stars, a perfect review. Full disclosure, I have a few friends in the cast, but it is their brilliant acting that led me to meet them in the first place in past performances!
The acting was phenomenal. Camilla Schade played a captivating Prospera, a difficult role with thousands of lines that she made to look effortless and natural. Alyssa Rader's teenage Miranda was well done, and very convincing! Rosser Lamason's Prince Ferdinand was a perfect match for Miranda's glossy innocence; it was a joy to see them interact so sweetly. It is a romance not easily made entertaining, as it is so comically sudden, but this duo managed to elicit "awe"s and applause.
The duo of Trinculo and Stephano, the play's comedic relief, was more than entertaining, easily stealing the show in a non-distracting way. Nicole Weerbrouck and DJ Littell respectively did a fantastic job.
The fluidity of Holly Andrew as the spirit Ariel was most impressive as well. It was hypnotizing to watch her bend and twist so effortlessly, all too easy to get lost in her songs much as the crew had done.
This performance was overall absolutely fantastic, I cannot recommend it enough, even for the non-Shakespeare fan. The price is so affordable, $10 for adults and $5 for students and children, all donation-based, as this is a non-profit company. The catering is excellent and well-priced, as well as a well-priced concession stand with homemade brownies absolutely to die for from George Street Cafe (locals can vouch for its excellence as well!)
Here is the contact information for this fantastic organization so you can all go see their performances and support this organization over social media on an email list or to simply audition for future shows because it was a stellar effort in all departments.
Website: http://peoplesshakespeareproject.org/ (you can sign up for their email list here as well.)
From their Facebook event, below is the information including a synopsis of the play, dates and times, and you can post questions on the event as well -- here's the link for that: https://www.facebook.com/events/463194313857395/
By dastardly doings, a duchess and her baby daughter were shoved out of their kingdom, set afloat and arrived at a mysterious island "peopled" by strange beings. This magical tale of power, revenge, redemption and love is "such stuff as dreams are made on". Come share the magic of The Tempest, June 18-21. Bring blankets, chairs, families, picnics to the Winter Center Alumni Ampitheatre (behind the building).
This year you can order your delicious boxed picnic dinner from George St. Cafe - 717-872-0800 - and pick up evening of the performance!
Suggested donations $10/adult, $5/student.
Live Music beings at 6:45 nightly with performances at 7:30pm.
For weather updates, visit: www.artsmu.org or call: 717-871-7018
All photos courtesy of the People's Shakespeare Project's Facebook page.