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Review: The Tempest at Stone Bridge High School – Loudoun Now

By way of Zander Kuebler of Thomas Jefferson Prime Faculty for Science and Generation

Entire with wagons, weapons, and lassos, Stone Bridge Prime Faculty put a Wild West twist on their manufacturing of “The Tempest,” highlighting a singular standpoint at the vintage Shakespearean package of comedy and tragedy.

Broadly assumed to be William Shakespeare’s final unique play, “The Tempest” was once first carried out in 1611. The tale follows a wizard named Prospero as he makes use of magic and manipulation to hunt revenge on his brother Antonio for usurping his dukedom. Propsero’s excessive makes an attempt to harm Antonio and his accomplices result in plenty of odd eventualities involving a plethora of various quirky and magical characters, in the long run leading to Propero reclaiming his duke standing.

As a result of a lot of the tale revolves across the movements of Prospero, it’s crucial {that a} manufacturing of “The Tempest” has a succesful actor pleasurable that function. Andrew Burton didn’t disappoint, taking at the crucial section comfortably. Burton used an impressive posture and a booming voice to show Propsero’s dominance, and wielded Prospero’s body of workers with such convenience that it appeared herbal. Maximum spectacular, on the other hand, was once Burton’s talent to take care of this tough charisma whilst nonetheless showing plenty of feelings, as he adjusted his pitch and inflection to put across his personality’s emotions.

Complementing Burton’s commanding portrayal of Prospero was once Prospero’s daughter, Miranda, performed by way of Ava Bueno. Bueno’s Miranda aligned completely with Burton’s Prospero. She spoke softer than him, however now not an excessive amount of softer. She was once much less exaggerative than him, however now not an excessive amount of so. By way of balancing her performing possible choices with Burton’s, they created an on-stage dating that appeared very father-daughter. In contrast to Bueno’s softer portrayal of Miranda, Diana Altenhof depicted the spirit Ariel as stuffed with power and exuberance. She contrasted Burton’s brash supply with person who was once neither overly flighty nor incomprehensible, but was once proper at the verge of collapse. This gave her personality an on-the-edge really feel that made the manufacturing a lot more gripping.

As discussed in the past, this manufacturing of “The Tempest” had a Wild West spin. The Stone Bridge technicians demonstrated this abnormal selection smartly, the use of costuming, lights, and props to focus on the western atmosphere. One specifically stand-out second was once in the beginning of the display, the place the lights technicians (Riley Seppings, Alexander Mccoy, Fletcher Loyer, Ki Smith, Josh Douglass, and Emily Lough) created the semblance {that a} wagon was once going via a typhoon. The lights staff used various kinds of shading to make the backdrop seem like a uneven horizon, which, when coupled with the sounds of thunder and rainfall, made for a plausible downpour. Additionally value noting had been the props (Emma Paskey). Whilst additional including to the western really feel with each weapons and lassos, the props division additionally shined with the standard props utilized in “The Tempest,” together with an excessively intricate body of workers for Prospero.

In the end, Stone Bridge Prime Faculty’s distinctive tackle a vintage manufacturing made for an stress-free night time of magic, insanity, and mayhem.

[This review of the May 20 performance Stone Bridge High School is part of a series published in a partnership between Loudoun Now andThe Cappies, a writing and awards program that trains high school theater and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders.]