Shakespeare’s Tempest returns to UFV Stage

This year’s Shakespeare production will be The Tempest, the final work of genius from the world’s greatest playwright.

Glen Pinchin plays Prospero and Catrina Lewis plays Ariel in the UFV production of the Tempest.

This year’s Shakespeare production will be The Tempest, the final work of genius from the world’s greatest playwright. In The Tempest, Prospero, a brooding Renaissance Magus, is marooned on a remote island with his young daughter Miranda. Banished by his usurping brother from his rightful position as the Duke of Milan, he awaits the right planetary conjunction to work his magnum opus and gain his revenge. Aided by his mercurial servant Ariel but stymied by the brutish monster Caliban, Prospero is a man with a mission. Combining romance, comedy and spectacle, The Tempest is truly ” the stuff that dreams are made on.”

This will be the department’s second production of The Tempest, the first being staged in March 1995, as the first Shakespeare production in our then brand new theatre complex. That production was directed by Dr. Bruce Kirkley, who will also direct this year’s production. Casting for The Tempest is as follows: The role of Prospero will be played by Glen Pinchin. Glen has appeared in several roles for the department, his most recent being Colonel Burnett in School House during November, 2009. Danielle Warmenhoven makes her debut for the department as Prospero’s daughter, Miranda.  Catrina Lewis, recently seen as Tintabula in A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum, takes the role of  Ariel and Gabe Kirkley, who played Miles Gloriosus in that production, is Caliban. Other performers, some playing multiple roles include: Natasha Beaumont, Dylan Coulter, J.D. Dueckman, Kyra Essau, Aaron Froc, Eli Funk, Melissa Harris, Tim Howe, Ron Jackson, Rebecca Mackenzie, Danielle Milette, Natasha Ray, Thomas Smith, and Dayna Thomas.

Set Design for The Tempest is by Astrid Beugeling with costume design by Heather Robertson ,  and lighting design by Bruce Kirkley and Mark Sutherland. Stage manager is Kat Beswick.

The Tempest opens Friday, March 11 in the theatre on the Chilliwack campus and runs March 12, 17,18,19,24,25,26 at 7.30 pm. with a  half price preview March  10 at 7.30 pm. and matinees Sunday March 20 and 27 at 2pm. and Wednesday, March 9, Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15 at 12: noon. The Sunday, March 20 matinee is a pay-what-you-can event, with a minimum recommended price of only $8. General ticket prices for this production range between $13 to $16.

For reservations call 604-795-2814 or email:  theatre@ufv.ca  Visit the website for information on all aspects of the UFV theatre program and season www.ufv.ca/theatre

Submitted by the UFV theatre department