By William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Shane Eastman
Concept by Michael Shane Eastman and Ron Milts
July 9th – 17th
Prospero, betrayed by his brother and King, has made an enchanted isle his home for the last twelve years. Now, using his magical abilities, he has conjured a mighty tempest to maroon his enemies upon this isle in the hopes of driving them mad and to give his daughter the life which was stolen from her.
The last of Shakespeare's plays, The Tempest is a comedic romance filled with magic, wonderful characters, and tons of humanity.
Riverside Community Players will be partnering with Shakespeare in the Vines for a joint production of William Shakespeare’s, The Tempest.
Virtual Auditions may be submitted through May 14th and should consist of two contrasting classical monologues. If due to limitations in time and experience, you are only able to prepare one monologue, please do show us what you have. Monologues can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Person Auditions will take place at Riverside Community Players on Monday May 10th and Tuesday May 11th from 7 until 9. Actors are asked to have at least one classical monologue prepared. In-person auditions will also consist of some cold-readings from the script and movement exercises.
The show will rehearse primarily at Riverside Community Players and rehearsals will be compliant with current COVID guidelines.
Performances will occur at both Riverside Community Players as well as Shakespeare in the Vines in Temecula. Carpools can possibly be organized for those commuting to either location.
Riverside: July 9th-17th
Temecula: July 23rd-31st.
All roles are available and open to all genders and races. Most roles will be doubled with another role to embrace the themes of the show and keep cast size down. For this reason, we are seeking physical actors who can handle drama as well as broad comedy.
Prospero – A wronged sorcerer torn between revenge and being a caring parent to Miranda. Eccentric and obsessive, Prospero is the puppet master a plan which is beginning to fall apart.
Miranda – Prospero’s daughter who has lived on the island since she was a toddler. Naïve and lighthearted, she acts as Prospero’s conscience and humanity. She is a teenager moving from childhood to adulthood.
Ariel – A spirit paying off their debt to Prospero for freeing them from an enchantment. Not quite human, Ariel is the instrument of Prospero’s magic and revenge.
Caliban – A deformed creature born upon the island. Caliban struggles with the control Prospero keeps over him and seeks to overthrow his oppressor.
Ferdinand – The son of King Alonso and a boy on the verge of becoming a man. A dutiful son who hasn’t come into his own yet, this isolation from his father allows Ferdinand to try and stand upon his own feet.
King Alonso – The King of Naples who was instrumental of the attempted murder of Prospero and Miranda years ago. Now, he fears he has lost his own son and struggles with the sins of his past.
Gonzalo – A doddering optimist who single-handedly tries to keep his shipwrecked party’s spirits up despite the current circumstances.
Antonio – Prospero’s brother who orchestrated the plot against Prospero in order to seize the Dukedom of Milan. Snide and conniving, Antonio is tempted to relive the horrendous acts he committed years ago.
Sebastian – Alonso’s brother and friend to Antonio. A brasher and less cunning companion for Antonio, he is easily tempted to join Antonio’s plot.
Stephano – The King’s drunken butler, who believing the King has died, plans to become king of the island. Abusive and controlling, he is a fool who fancies himself as wise.
Trinculo – A jester and fellow servant to the King who finds himself roped into Stephano’s plot due to his cowardice and co-dependency.