Take Note Troupe presents The Tempest

Take Note Troupe presents its 15th Annual Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest. This show was also the first of the Bard’s works that TNT performed back in 2003, and we are staging it again with the beautiful costuming, music, dancing, and comedy that you have come to expect from a TNT Shakespeare production. We’ll be opening the show with a theater performance benefiting the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center (the historic State Theater) on Friday, May 25th. Additional shows at the Auburn Library Garden Theater, Folsom Historic Amphitheater, Roseville’s Vernon Street Town Square, and Rocklin’s Quarry Park. See the detailed schedule below.

Don’t miss Take Note Troupe’s staging of this timeless classic reputed to be Shakespeare’s autobiographical send off. Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, with the help of Ariel a sprite of the isle, deftly maneuvers his enemies while still watching over the interests of his daughter Miranda. The show starts off with the elements in a fury stirred up by Prospero’s magic. Can he overcome his family’s strife and repair the breach of brotherhood? Our award winning staging with uplifting entertainment for the entire family is sure to please. But don’t take our word for it. Here is an unsolicited review from an audience member at a previous staging.

“Shakespeare would be proud witnessing his Tempest play brought to life by such talented, youthful performers…You all have made Shakespeare alive for me, in actuality and and in fantasy that gives me goose pimples…Your costuming, direction and flowing presentation would make the Bard proud.”

Park performances are free to the public, but donations to support TNT’s program are greatly appreciated. Bring a blanket or low-backed chairs and a sweater for after dark.

Director’s Notes
The Tempest is considered to be somewhat autobiographical. There are striking similarities between Shakespeare and Prospero, who uses the power found in his magic books to control and direct the actions of the other inhabitants on the isle. Ultimately he must choose between his powers and being with his family.  He also must choose between holding onto a grievous offense or forgiving.  Shakespeare was a scholar of the Bible and he knew the power of the “higher art” of the atonement. He recognized that Prospero would not truly be free of his enemies until he could freely forgive them and it is a beautiful moment when he does so. Just as Sir William must have related to the hero he must have also empathized with the villain, Calliban, the half beast, fallen man. Despite Prospero’s generous offer to raise him and treat him as his own, he willfully pushed aside his laws and tried to take with force what was not rightfully his.  Because there was a punishment affixed to his action he entered a state of rebellion and kicked hard “against the pricks” bringing his own degradation into debauchery and resembling his once benefactor less and less.  Can any of us claim complete self mastery? If not, then hold your tongue and pity the monster in one and all.

May 25th, 2018 Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center (State Theater) 7:30pm

May 30th, 2018 Auburn Library Garden Theater 6:30pm

May 31st, 2018 Folsom Historic Amphitheater 7:30pm

June 1st, 2018 Folsom Historic Amphitheater 7:30pm

June 2nd, 2018 Vernon Street Town Square, Roseville 7:30pm

June 7th, 2018 Quarry Park Amphitheater, Rocklin 7:30pm

June 8th, 2018 Quarry Park Amphitheater, Rocklin 7:30pm

June 9th, 2018 Quarry Park Amphitheater, Rocklin 7:30pm