LEESBURG, Ga. -- After almost 20 years of producing plays and musicals by some of the world's most acclaimed playwrights, Lee County High School's Theatre Arts Program is aiming its sights at the most acclaimed of all--Shakespeare.
This weekend, the Palladium Players of LCHS will present their first production of one of the Bard's classic plays, The Tempest.
The play tells the story of Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, and his attempt to gain control of his dukedom again. Of course, the story comes with a little Renaissance spice. First of all, Prospero is a sorcerer who possesses immense magical power, the power to control the very elements. Secondly, Prospero and his young daughter, Miranda, are marooned on a desert isle somewhere in the Mediterranean. And if that isn't enough, the island is inhabited by fairy creatures and a monstrous man-beast named Caliban. This is the stuff of great story telling, or as Prospero might say, "the stuff that dreams are made on!"
"There are so many interesting things about this play and this production," says Dotty Davis, the LCHS director. "We have students from grades 9-12 appearing in this show, and we have two alumni joining the cast as well."
She goes on to note that the show is filled with both dramatic intrigue and belly laughs, as well as all the elements of Renaissance theatre, including music and special effects. Davis adds, "It's interesting that The Tempest is our first Shakespeare offering and it was Shakespeare's last!"
The Tempest was the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone, and it is considered by many to represent his farewell to London and the stage. Like many of his last plays, The Tempest was written for initial performance at the court of King James I and was later selected as an entertainment for the wedding of the king's daughter, Elizabeth.
Shakespeare's The Tempest will be performed at Lee County High School's Clay Auditorium on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The run of the show closes with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the LCHS main office each weekday. The box office will open one hour before each performance. All tickets are $5.