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Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department presents William Shakespeare’s "The Tempest"

Published October 07, 2019

The Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department presents an epic story that begins with a shipwreck on a remote island. William Shakespeare’s The Tempest will play in the Callahan Theatre on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $12, and $10 for seniors.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest mixes the fantastic world of A Midsummer Night's Dream with the dark politics of Hamlet and Macbeth. Though considered a comedy in Shakespeare’s folio, The Tempest mixes action and drama alongside humor and romance.

Set on an unidentified island, The Tempest is a story of trials and tribulations, magical beings, conflict and acceptance, and a little romance. Prospero, a magic yielding man, his daughter Miranda, the spirit Ariel, and beastly creature Caliban are the only inhabitants on this distant island. That is, until a storm ordered by Prospero shipwrecks Alonso King of Naples, his son Ferdinand, and other noblemen on the island. While romance is budding between Ferdinand and Miranda, the island becomes ground zero for the battle between love and hate and good over evil.

“Shakespeare allows you to do a lot of things, but my vision is always to honor the text,” said director Matthew Ames, associate professor of theatre arts at Nazareth College. His concentration is towards helping students understand that Shakespeare, though odd in its syntax, is still English and there is no right way to perform it. Students are learning about Elizabethan speech and the few differences it truly has from modern-day English. He is even following suit in Shakespeare’s casting model. It is well known that plays performed during that time were all male casts. Since the characters are fairly fluid, there are a handful of male roles played by female actors in the Nazareth production.

“The characters, no matter how beastly are rich and complex,” said Ames. “We are excited to see them come to life on the Nazareth stage.”

Tickets to see The Tempest are $12 and $10 for seniors. They are available online at, by phone at (585) 389-2170, or in person at the Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.

Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a m.- 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.

The Tempest cast features: Ismael Cisse (Boatswain/Francisco), Jared C. Curtis (Stephano), Robert DiJames (Gonzalo), Hollyann Edwards (Iris), Caelie Flanagan (Prospera), Shaughnessey Gower (Ariel), Alex Ireijo (Ensemble/u.s. Caliban), Chelsea Jensen (Miranda), Emily Leake (Ensemble), Taylor Leep (Juno), Rayna Mandara (Ceres), Mattie Matthews-Austin (Alansa), Violet Moncavage (Adrienne), Liliam Montilla (Sebastienne), Ian Patterson (Caliban), Julianna Pollicino (Antonia/ u.s. Prospera), Michaela Shaffer (Trinculo), Serafina Sortino (Ensemble), Felicity Thomas (Ensemble), Dwight Young (Ferdinand).

The Tempest design team includes: Matthew Ames (Director), Demetrio Alomar (Assistant Director), Madeline Pike (Stage Manager), Erika Gordon (Assistant Stage Manager), Mareissa Lisowski (Assistant Stage Manager), Abigail Hazlett (Dance Coordinator), Alexandra Anthony (Production Manager), Allen Wright Shannon (Scenic Designer), Emily Stork (Lighting Designer), Ilianna Cohen (Assistant Costume Designer), Jacob Beha (Sound Designer), Samantha Antoniewicz (Music Coordinator), Yuanting Zaho (Costume Designer).

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.