POPS presents Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” to take Okinawa by storm!

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All photos by Roadie Photography.

The Pacific Okinawa Players are presenting William Shakespeare’s The Tempest on the stage of the Foster Community Center Auditorium. The production will run from May 19 through 28th.

The Tempest, William Shakespeare’s final play, is the story of a family stranded on a magical island and their journey to find their way home again. From the opening thunderclap of the terrifying sea storm the audience is transported to a world where nothing is as it seems and anything can happen.

POPs_Tempest_002Meet Prospera, the powerful sorceress driven by revenge, who with Ariel, the magical and mischievous island sprite, play matchmaker to the beautiful Miranda and the young prince Ferdinand. The horrible monster Caliban hatches a devious plot, and the antics of Stephano and Trinculo, two drunken buffoons, will have the audience in stitches! Filled with magic, comedy, romance, and excitement this show will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

The Tempest is adapted and directed by Amy Pastoor. No stranger to Shakespeare, Ms. Pastoor holds her MFA in classical theatre from George Washington University and brings her expertise and imagination to life on the stage.

Inspired by an Edwardian trunk show, Amy’s vision lends a turn of the century style to Shakespeare’s classic tale. “The Tempest is a timeless tale about a family supplanted to an island foreign to them as they deal with the struggle to understand their surroundings, the joy of discovery, and pining for things lost. I was struck by how much the military and SOFA community on Okinawa can relate to these characters. Through these obstacles the characters explore the themes of love, loss and forgiveness. While these themes are timeless; they are enhanced with an Edwardian backdrop. It was after all a time when ocean travel was all the rage and a woman in a position of power was something to rage against.”

POPs_Tempest_024Amy is thrilled to be joined on the production team by Sara Vetter (stage management), Kate Smithyman (producer), Veronica Davis (light design), Gary Hughes (set design), and Sam Thomas (prop design).

Those familiar with the play will notice a sea change in the casting of the iconic role of Prospero. Kate Smithyman portrays Prospera in this production as the classic father – daughter bond takes on new life as a mother-daughter relationship. “Casting Prospera as a woman is a fascinating choice,” explains Kate. “She’s a complex character who is struggling with the inner demons of her own past while at the same time trying to safeguard her daughter’s future. She is facing one of life’s biggest transitions, the day when your child is ready to leave the nest and start a life of her own. That theme is just as potent today as it was 400 years ago. It is a story of redemption and homecoming.”

POPs_Tempest_018The cast includes Kate Smithyman (Prospera), Maleigha Spring (Ariel), Paul Riegert (Caliban), Grace Olson (Miranda), Salee Oboza (Antonia), Glen Mitchel (Gonzalo), Jerome Brackins, Jr (Ferdinand), Joshua Bales (Sebastian), Nick Dastas (Stephano), Kelly Dolan (Alonso), and Christine Smith (Trinculo), with Kristin Hearn, Brandon Queen, Stephen Campbell, Grace Rogers, Shanaiya Ferguson, Samantha Mitchell, Stephen Loftesnes, Grace Herndon, Lillian Oboza, Ellie Dolan and Alycia Desiderio.

The Tempest will run for two weekends May 19th-28th, with evening performances on Friday and Saturday night at 7:00 pm and matinee showings on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm. The second Saturday matinee will include a Q & A session with the cast and crew after the show. The Tempest is a family show for all ages although loud noises and strobe effects may not be suitable for the very young. All performances will be held at the Camp Foster Community Center Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door and are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 students, seniors, and children under 12.

For more information, please visit POPS website.