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Theater by the Grove

Dr. Rick’s Traveling Shakespeare Show Presents The Tempest

August 28, 2014
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

August 29, 2014
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

August 30, 2014
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

August 31, 2014
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

September 4, 2014
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

September 5, 2014
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

September 6, 2014
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

September 7, 2014
2:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

One of Shakespeare’s most magical tales as you have never seen it before—as a 1930’s circus show. This production promises to be exhilarating, fun, and full of wonder for the whole family.

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Theater-by-the-Grove at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will open its 2014–15 season with Dr. Rick’s Traveling Shakespeare Show Presents The Tempest. Performances will be presented August 28–30 and September 4–6 at 8:00 p.m. and August 31 and September 7 at 2:00 p.m. on the Waller Hall Mainstage of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

One of William Shakespeare’s most magical tales will be presented as you have never seen it before—as a 1930s circus show. In an adaptation by director Rick Kemp, the magician Prospero is the Ringmaster and creates the illusions. He is joined by Ariel as an aerial silks artiste and Caliban as a side-show freak.

Director Kemp says, “The popular styles of carnival sideshow and circus makes the performance accessible for audiences new to Shakespeare. And for those already familiar with The Tempest, the concept presents the play in a refreshing new light, invigorating the text in a way that is responsible to its themes and its dramatic dynamics. One of the most evident connections between the text and this staging concept is that Prospero orchestrates the action, as does the ringmaster of a circus.”

Dr. Rick’s Traveling Shakespeare Show Presents The TempestKemp both directs and plays Prospero, bringing over 30 years of international professional experience to the project. He has assembled a cast that combines students, alumni, professors, and professional artists.

Tickets for Dr. Rick’s Traveling Shakespeare Show Presents The Tempest are available at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Tickets are also available online and may also be purchased with a credit card, Monday through Thursday, by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting 45 minutes before each performance.

General admission tickets are priced at $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $10 for students and children.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 (ARTS) or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

Photographs: Above, Contessa as Ariel (left) and Stephanie Clark as Musical Ariel. Below, Rick Kemp as Prospero and Shannon McCarren as Miranda.

Dr. Rick’s Traveling Shakespeare Show Presents The Tempest

  • The Lively Arts
  • Performing Arts Center, Room 202
    Fisher Auditorium
    403 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1008
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