EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ- If you were stranded on an island, what would you bring? A spirit, your slave, and a super-intimidating staff, of course.
Every three years, the East Brunswick High School Drama Club performs a Shakespeare play in the fall. This year, they’re bringing The Tempest, Shakespeare’s final play, to life. Performances will be November 16th and 17th, at 7 PM, and the 18th at 3PM.
For those who are not familiar with the story, it begins with a violent shipwreck created by Prospero, the former Duke of Milan. He has been stranded with his daughter Miranda on an island for twelve years after his sibling betrayed him, taking his position as Duke. The only companions Prospero and Miranda have on this island are Ariel, a magical spirit, and Caliban, the deformed son of the witch who used to live there who they use as their slave. Prospero uses his magical powers to cause the shipwreck at the top of the play, enabling him to interrupt the voyage of the current Duke of Milan and the King of Naples. His enemies are not the only ones washed up after the shipwreck, however- they are accompanied by Prince Ferdinand, who is instantly taken with Miranda.
The Drama Club is putting its unique stamp on this production of The Tempest. Ariel and Caliban are both played by multiple actors, allowing for interesting movement and the portrayal of multiple aspects of their personalities. Taking their cue from Shakespeare’s day when there were no real sets so the audience imagined the setting (that’s why the characters will often start a scene by saying where they are,) the Drama Club set is designed to resemble Prospero’s desk rather than an island. Thus Prospero’s presence and manipulation should be an ever-present force for the audience.
Will Prospero succeed in his plan for revenge? What happens when his daughter Miranda and Prince Ferdinand fall hopelessly in love? Come see The Tempest at East Brunswick High School November 16th-18th to find out.
Shows on the 16th and 17th will be at 7:00pm, and the 18th at 3:00pm. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $14 for adults. The most efficient method of purchasing tickets is online at ebhsdrama.org, though they can also be purchased at the door.
East Brunswick High School Address: 380 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816