By William Shakespeare
Presented March/April 2012
Gutzman's unique production of Shakespeare's late Romantic
play, " The Tempest" was probably the high point of
the Off The Wall Theatre season. It is a play about everything in
life, including; music, comedy, love, fathers and sons, fathers and daughters,
magic, revenge and forgiveness, redemption, art, spirits and spirits, fantasy,
whimsy, and the amazing world of theatre itself. As with all of his
productions of Shakespeare, Gutzman made the play accessible to everyone.
In addition to playing Prospero, the exiled Duke and Magician, who lives
on a deserted island and craves revenge against his own brother, Gutzman
gathered together a top-notch cast for this very special event.
White played Ariel, the Magician's spirit and muse, and Karl
Miller played Caliban, the deformed monster and darker side of
all of our natures. Jeremy Welter played Trinculo, a fussy fop of
a clown washed up on the shore, and Bob Hirschi played his friend
the drunken Butler, Stephano. Liz Mistele played Prospero's teenage
daughter who falls madly in love with the shipwrecked Prince of Naples,
Ferdinand, played by Jon Knebel. Prospero's brother was played
by Tom Welcenbach, the King of Napes by Lawrence
Lukasavage, and the evil Sebastian was played by Tairre Christopherson.
Also in the cast were Michael Davis, Sandy Lewis, Barbara
Zaferos, Barbara Webber, Joey Skataboo and Gregory
An original score including eight new songs were composed and performed live by Glen Quarrie. Technical Director David Roper built an island set that included a steeply raked stage, trap doors, and several magical special effects. If you are familiar with Off the Wall Theatre, you know that we go all out for productions like these.
This magical evening of theatre
was suitable for teenagers as well as adults and was a great way to expose
young people to Shakespeare. It was filled from moment to moment with Punch
and Judy type comedy, young love, and a celebration of everything that
makes live theatre so special.