“The Tempest”

University of Maine at Farmington Presents Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” March 13-16

FARMINGTON, ME (February 27, 2014)—
The enchanted island of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” comes to life at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Alumni Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 13-15 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 16. The play opens with a tempest-tossed shipwreck on the island where Prospero and his daughter Miranda have been stranded for many years.

A major Theatre UMF production, “The Tempest” brings students, staff and faculty, and community members together for an impressive performance. “It takes a significant group of dedicated people – actors, designers and technical crew – to stage this production,” said Jayne Decker, director and UMF faculty member.

UMF students are involved in all areas of production.  Many of the actors are taking the costume design class with Elizabeth Dorr and participating in design and construction of their costumes.  Others are involved in constructing the set, painting and hanging lights under the guidance of technical director, Stan Spilecki. Students from Decker’s Space Lab class are building props and running the box office.  Two students, Shelby Thibodeau and Ahnna Balai-Beane, are lead make up designers, creating the makeup effects for Ariel and Caliban, and other creatures that inhabit the island.

The mainly student cast is joined by Gordon LePage, Mt Blue High School French teacher, as Gonzalo, and Daniel P. Gunn, UMF interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, as Prospero and dramaturge for the performance. “Dan provides the actors with a wonderful academic understanding of Shakespeare,” said Decker.

Philip Carlsen, composer and UMF professor of music, has written an original score for the performance of Shakespeare’s songs. Bobbie Hanstein, award-winning journalist and editor and community theater member, is creating the choreography.

An award-winning playwright, Decker has directed numerous productions at UMF Alumni Theater. Her 2012 production of “Coyote on a Fence,” was awarded a Moss Hart Memorial Award by the New England Theatre Conference—New England’s oldest and largest regional theatre association. Her other directorial work includes George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard,” the musicals Fiddler on the Roof” and Oliver!” and productions of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible” and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

She has also presented workshop productions of her original plays “Good Medicine;” “Stars Falling,” winner of the 2002 Maine Playwriting Award; Jelly Moonshine; and Songbird,” a touring play about the Iraq War. Cracked Shells,” an original play by Decker about domestic violence, was commissioned by Franklin County Network’s Peace in Our Families and was featured again at the 2009 Maine Women’s Studies Conference.

Decker, a faculty member in the Dept of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry, teaches courses including Playwriting, Commedia dell’Arte and Social and Political Theatre.

This Theatre UMF production is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465.

Prospero . . . . . Daniel Gunn
Miranda . . . . . Isabelle Bailey – Fairfield
Ferdinand . . . . . John Levenseller -– Dedham
Ariel . . . . . Austin Hayes – Gorham
Caliban . . . . . Richard Russell – Rumford
Trinculo . . . . . Aaron Verrill – Belgrade
Stephano . . . . . Zachary Fowler, class of 2013
Alonso . . . . . Matthew Buckley – Gouldsboro
Antonio . . . . . Nathan Sylvester – China Village
Sebastian . . . . . Zhanna Ivanova – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Adrian . . . . . Cassidy Small – North Monmouth
Francisco . . . . . Jagger Trouant – Gardiner
Gonzalo . . . . . Gordon LePage
Voices on the island . . . . . Meg Scully – Winthrop, Shelby Thibodeau – Sidney, Kassidy Giggey – Brewer
Spirit dancers . . . . . Cadyn Wilson – Hallowell, Carly Georgen – Fairfield, Conn.
Mariners . . . . . Joseph Maldanado – Fresno, Calif., Tucker Atwood – Embden, Patrick Rizzo – Brockton, Mass., Keith Clark – Presque Isle, Clayton Perry – Farmington

Director . . . . . Jayne Decker
Scenic/Lighting Design – Technical Director . . . . . Stan Spilecki
Costume Design . . . . . Elizabeth Dorr
Choreography . . . . . Bobbie Hanstein
Musical Composition . . . . . Philip Carlsen