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