Back to School with The Tempest!

In the summer of 2011 I had the pleasure of attending a stunning production of The Tempest at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The play was performed in the “Up-The-Hill” theatre which is a beautiful stage tucked away in the lush Wisconsin woods.

Kenneth Albers and Susan Shunk, The Tempest, 2011.art15867widea

It was the middle of summer, hot and humid, and the overgrown vegetation made the space all the more intimate and inspiring. At the start of the show, Prospero entered the stage and raised his staff. All at once the crickets’ song rose from the surrounding area. I had to ask myself if this was, in fact, a planned sound cue or if it was simply an amazingly timed moment of live theatre. I believe it was the latter. Magic! It was right then and there that I decided I needed to write a adapted version of this amazingly beautiful play.

Of course, with the birth of my first child and re-entry into the classroom full time, this dream took a few years to come to fruition. I started working on it last summer but, once school started up, it had to be placed on the back burner for a while. I had a request from one of my consistent customers. She was very excited to try The Tempest. I gladly gave sent my rough draft to her free of charge in exchange for a free edit and feedback. I was so glad to get it back from her this summer, so that I could finalize it and have it ready for your return to school 2014!

The Tempest Cover - Kids Love Shakespeare


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