Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made Of
It’s easy to see why the plays of William Shakespeare have survived the centuries. Their universal stories and themes seem written for today. Like the operas of Mozart and Rossini, Shakespeare’s work requires only a change of setting and costumes for an audience in 2010 to draw entertainment and inspiration from the magic of its action and ideas.
It will be even easier to find Shakespeare’s lasting wisdom in York College Theater’s very 2010 production of “The Tempest,” opening Friday at the Performing Arts Center for a six-performance run.
Director Tom Marion conjures an African homeland for the supernatural story of power and revenge. Without compromising the original rhythm of its language, York’s “Tempest” uses traditional African storytelling techniques including masks and puppets – plus original music by Atiba Kwabena-Wilson and choreography by Folakemi Aiyedun and Colette Livingston.
It also uses an inspired company of actors, designers and behind-and-above-the-stage technicians. With more than three months of work behind them and dress rehearsals giving way to paying customers, the company deserves to be known outside the Little Theater.
In order of appearance:
Queens of the Sprites, Yazmin Dene Baptiste
The Ariel, airy spirit , Jada Denise Brooks, Raisia Burrell, Fabella Decema, Oyinkansola Ogunleye, Leatrice Whitney
Prospero, rightful duke, Solomon Peck
Boatswain, Phil Williams
Mariner, Kevin Gomez
Mariner, Arinze Nwogu
Master of the Shop, Freddy Gonzalez
King Alonso, Kazeem Oni
Prince Ferdinand, Emerson Sampaio
Sebastian, brother of the king, Guerschom Dieurine
Antonio, Prospero’s brother, Devon Phillips
Gonzalo, an old counselor, Leah Kesselly
Miranda, Prospero’s daughter, Olubukola Ogunmola
Caliban, son of the evil witch Sycorax, Joe Grasso
Trinculo, foolish friend of Stephano, Hopeton Allen
Stephano, drunken butler to the king, Ronald Soutar
Francisco, a king’s soldier, Bency Pierre
Adrian, a king’s soldier, Keslie Joseph
Sprites, Brian Kennedy, Michael Kennedy, Destiny Kennedy, Sabrina Raouf, Shynece Norfleet, Mikayla Gilyard, Laila Raouf
Wardrobe, Ivy Lagunas, Carini Perello, Freda Yeboah
Assistant stage manager, Earline Stephens, Alexander Constantinides
Light board operator, Kevin King Jr.
Front of house, Tim Amrhein
Poster and cover design, David T. Jones
Production stage manager, Jessica Pecharsky Morales
Scenic design, David T. Jones
Costume design, Allison Crutchfield
Lighting design, Paul Hudson
Technical direction, Robert Barnes
Mask and puppets, Tom Marion
Music, Atiba Kwabena-Wilson
Choreography, Folakemi Aiyedun, Collette Livingston
Musicians, Atiba Kwabena-Wilson, Tom Whitney
One word after seeing a pair of final rehearsals: Buy your tickets early. When one of these people breaks through to a major stage career, you are going to want to be able to say you saw her in “The Tempest” at York College.
York College Department of Performing and Fine Arts presents “The Tempest,” directed by Tom Marion. April 30, 4 p.m.; May 1, 2 p.m.; May 4, noon; May 7, 7 p.m.; May 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.