Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Tempest on The Green

Last night marked the beginning of the second and final week that Shakespeare's, "The Tempest", will be performed for free on The Green in the little town of Windsor, California. It played last Friday through Sunday nights and was wonderful. People come with blankets, chairs, picnics, wine, dogs and kids. They park themselves down on the grass and enjoy the free performance. It's a great way to introduce kids to a bit of culture without breaking the bank and if they get fussy you can quietly get up and take them for a little walk. But the kids last week were pretty engrossed in the show or else they just fell asleep on their parents laps.

Our family plans to see EVERY performance. The pre-show begins at 6:30 with music or dancing and the main event begins at 7:00pm. Why did we want to see so many performances—apart from the fact that it's FREE entertainment which is hard to come by in this economy? Well, and this is the best part, our daughter, Bri, plays Miranda and she's wonderful, if I do say so myself. The cast really is terrific. Prospero is played by Steven David Martin who has appeared in The Tempest at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival and he's magnificent. It is great fun. You should come if you can.

Here are some photos from The Tempest.

Spectators begin to gather




The Pre-Show Entertainment


Miranda (Yeah, I took a lot of photos of her—Mom's prerogative!)


Prospero and Miranda























12 comments:

  1. How wonderful to have entertainment for free, out in the fresh air and family oriented. Your daughter looked lovely!

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  2. Oh what fun! Nice atmosphere and having a kid to watch and be all proud of must have been wonderful! Last time I saw my daughter on stage she was talking about pubic hair in The Vagina Monologues. Different scene altogether. I was still proud tho. :)

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  3. Sounds like you had a great time! And best of all, free? We don't get to many free anythings in my area.

    Happy Saturday Sharefest!

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  4. Sounds like fun!

    I watched A Midsummer nights dream by the Royal British Shakespeare Company in a wonderful private garden late June. It was unforgettable!

    Here's my post about it:
    http://sweeterliving.blogspot.com/2009/06/midsummernightsif-y-dream.html

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    HAppy Saturday Sharefest!

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  5. Oh that looks so fun! My family would love to see them!

    :o) Wishing you a fantastically wonderful Tuesday!

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  6. Wow what great pictures looks like a fantastic play thanks for sharing

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  8. wow! Those are some breathtaking photos! Looked like a magical night too.

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  9. That looks like fun. Wish I would have found your blog sooner via SITS as I am local to your area.

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  10. How fun and good for you all for enjoying it. So many people let that kind of opportunity slip by.

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  11. You must be so proud! What a peach of a role and your daughter looks lovely.

    Well, as the mother of a fellow performer, I totally understand wanting to watch every performance :-)

    What a fun area you've moved to!

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