Thursday, September 11, 2014

"The Tempest" Bewitches First Nighters

A transformative production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest brought gasps of delight and sighs of wonder from the First Night audience on September 5. Adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller, the production was filled with magic while remaining true to the text—a rare combination.

Paul Hodgins of the Orange County Register considered what Shakespeare himself might have thought: “I have a hunch he would have approved of this dazzling Tempest and probably gasped along with the rest of us.”

The Honorary Producers agreed.

According to Joan and Andy Fimiano (Honorary Producers with Jean and Tim Weiss), “We and our guests were blown away by the magic, the music and the overall production. We followed The Tempest through rehearsals to opening night, and it was very evident that the cast and the entire production team had great chemistry … Our guests have decided to go back for another night and bring their parents!"

The accolades were whispered during the show, enthusiastically discussed at intermission and shouted out during the standing ovation. After the applause ended, everyone gathered on Ela’s Terrace for the Cast Party—with its tent show/carnival atmosphere reminiscent of the play’s setting—and tried to recognize the amazing cast members, now transformed back to their normal selves.

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