The Tempest: Romance, Humor, Intrigue

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William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is the enchanting story of how love and forgiveness can conquer fear and power.  Filled with humor, the supernatural, and intrigue, this Northfield Arts Guild Theater production plays in Central Park, 421 Fourth Street East, Northfield.   The Tempest runs Friday through Sunday, June 9 – 11 and Thursday through Saturday, June 15 – 17, 2017 with all performances beginning at 7:30 pm.  In the case of rain, the show will move to the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, Northfield. 

The Tempest explores the relationship between the natural and supernatural, so we’re particularly excited to present this story outdoors,” said Director Deon Haider. “Our stage will incorporate both natural and man-made elements to create a unique island setting in Central Park.”

The Tempestsets the stage for a betrayed magician bent on revenge. When a particular vessel appears on the horizon of his strange island, Prospero deliberately conjures up a violent storm to meet the ship that carries the men who wronged him.  This magical tempest wrecks the ship and washes a cast of colorful characters to the island where nothing is as it seems.  Along the tempestuous journey, characters lust for power, unleash powerful passions, and strive to overcome despair.  Delightful magic, young romance and physical comedy offset the darkness in Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage.

The cast ranges in age from 10 to 70+.  “The combined creativity and thoughtfulness of our multi-generational cast have led to great conversations and insights in rehearsals.” said Haider.  This Shakespeare classic features Brendon Etter as Prospero and Esme’ Elzi as Prospero’s daughter Miranda, a father-daughter duo in real life. The role of Prospero’s mysterious sprite, Ariel, will be played by two actors: Birch Carlson and Taylor Heitman.  Additionally, the cast includes Jonathan Larson as Caliban, Kevin Chapman as Antonio, Charlie Black as Gonzalo, Larry Tolle as Sebastian, Sean Meagher as Ferdinand, Pauline Jennings as Trinculo, Jerry Fox as Stephano, Dylan Nuebel as Adrian, Russ Paladin as Francisco and Peter Webb as the Boatswain.  The Spirits of the Island are played by Carson Bechtel, Josie Hauck, Bronwyn McDermott, and Audrey Sorenmann.

An opening night reception for The Tempest will be held prior to the Friday, June 9th performance.  Prior to the Sunday, June 11th performance audiences are invited to attend a pre-show discussion at 7:00 pm.  Additionally, the June 11th performance may be American Sign Language interpreted if requested to the NAG office no later than May 28.  

Tickets for The Tempest are available online at, by calling 507-645-8877, or at the Northfield Arts Guild’s Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street South, Northfield. 

The Tempest is sponsored by Carleton College, The Contented Cow, and Northfield Dance Academy.  The 2016-17 “Plays into Films” Theater Season is sponsored by Neuger Communications Group, Engage Print, and Andrew J. Gray with Thrivent Financial.

The Northfield Arts Guild Office, Shop and Gallery, 304 Division Street South, are open on Tuesdays through Fridays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm and on Saturdays from 11:00am to 3:00 pm.

This activity is made possible by the voter of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.