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Olivet College presents “The Tempest”
Oct 20, 2004

OLIVET, Mich.The Olivet College theatre program will present, The Tempest, Nov. 46 at the Oaks Theatre in downtown Olivet. The production, which begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening, is free and open to the public.

Written by William Shakespeare, the play follows the exploits of Prospero, a powerful magician, who lures his old enemies to his island stronghold for revenge. When the kings son Ferdinand, falls in love with Prosperos daughter, the magicians heart starts to soften.

In Shakespeares day, there were no actresses. Young boys played all the female roles, said Arthur Williams, director and associate professor of theatre. This fall, Olivet College is turning the tables with women featured in prominent parts. Shakespeares roles have splendor and scope that encourage creative experimentation.

The cast includes Joseph Barnes, a senior from Lansing; Whitney Burns, a freshman from Brighton; Katie Graebner, a senior from Mackinac Island; Becky Gehrman, a sophomore from Battle Creek; Marie Gouba, a junior from Novi; Katie Hudson, a sophomore from Charlotte; Mariah Mickelwait, a freshman from Middleville; Anabel Montalvo, a freshman from Detroit; Monica Perich, a freshman from Grosse Ile; Julia Reges, a teacher certification student from Spring Lake; Hannah Robbins, a freshman from Marshall; Jerry Samson, a senior from Williamston; Jenny Shaw, a junior from Hastings; Marylouise Stevens, a sophomore from Mason; and Lisa White, a resident of Charlotte.

The play will be directed by Williams and assisted by Ben Guins, a sophomore from Lansing, with music by Dustin Beck, a senior from White Lake.

For more information, contact Williams at (269) 749-7246.


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