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UC’s Communications and Theatre Arts Department presents “The Tempest”


During rehearsal for “The Tempest,” UC student Rebecca Partin, of Williamsburg, portrays Gonzalo, an old man, and Brandon Wood, of Corbin, portrays Sebestian, brother to the King of Naples.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The Communications and Theatre Arts Department of University of the Cumberlands announces the upcoming performance of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare in The Kohn Theatre located in the Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Building on campus.

“The Tempest” is one of William Shakespeare's final plays, and it is often defined as a romance, which means its’ material is too serious to be a comedy and too comic to be a tragedy. Like Shakespeare's other comedies, “The Tempest” is about young lovers and their story is off-set by the antics of a pair of clowns who believe themselves free from social constraints and able to set their own rules. Like Shakespeare's other tragedies, the story of Prospero, the wizard who was exiled from his dukedom by his conniving brother, is a tale of warning about the consequences to a ruler and his people when he puts his personal interests above the welfare of his people. Particular to this play are the characters Ariel and Caliban, both of whom are under Prospero's control and who often try to buck his authority.

The magical elements in the story create an other-worldly spectacle which has been realized brilliantly in the production by student scene designer Justin Goss and the UC Theatre Technical Director Maurice "Moe" Conn. Justin Goss' set design is a partial fulfillment of THTR 418, Senior Colloquium.

The production features 16 UC students and 2 community members. A third community member is serving as understudy. Over a third of the students cast in the production are freshmen who are making their Cumberlands stage debut in “The Tempest” and who will return in “Hello, Dolly” next February.

Performance Dates are as follows:

October 23 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.

October 26 at 2:00 p.m.

October 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m.

November 1 at 7:00 p.m.

For more information or reservations, call the UC box office at (606) 539- 4535.