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Re: Productions of The Tempest
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0068.  Thursday, 16 January 1997.

(1)     From:   Diana E. Smith <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Jan 1997 13:17:42 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0062  Q: Productions of The Tempest

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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Jan 1997 17:40:40 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0062  Q: Productions of The Tempest

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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Jan 1997 11:21:54 +0200 (EET)
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Jan 1997 13:17:42 -0500
Subject: 8.0062  Q: Productions of The Tempest
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0062  Q: Productions of The Tempest

Did you see the recent performance on Broadway with actor who played Sejanus in
"I, Claudius" series as Prospero? Production was wonderful, largely, I think
because the entire set was a mass of real sand, with Caliban, Trinculo, etc.
burying themselves in the stuff. Also, Ariel could really sing, which helped.

Diana Smith

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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Jan 1997 17:40:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0062  Q: Productions of The Tempest
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0062  Q: Productions of The Tempest

To Ron Osiowy:

I saw a production of "The Tempest" here on campus that was by far the best
student production I'd ever seen.  The director decided to stage the play in
the large exhibition pool in the gymnasium.  The audience sat on one side of
the bleachers, and he utilized the space around the pool, the opposite
bleachers, and even the diving boards (which provided an excellent wobbling
first scene, in which the storm occurs).  And then, of course, the director
made full use of the 50 meters or so of exhbition pool available to him.  Ariel
(played by an extremely athletic man) swam from end to end at times, and at
then end of the storm the captain and crew fell in.  The "splashy" approach to
the play gave it a new element that worked very well, and the decision to use
the exhibition pool was an inspired choice on the director's part.

Ian Doescher

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Date:           Thursday, 16 Jan 1997 11:21:54 +0200 (EET)
Subject: 8.0062  Q: Productions of The Tempest
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0062  Q: Productions of The Tempest

Actually Jean Sibelius (a Finnish composer, 1865-1957) made music to "The
Tempest" ("Myrsky", 1925, op. 109), and the music has now been recorded by by a
small but very good record company, Ondine. If I remember it right, the Finnish
Broadcasting Company (YLE) has also made a TV-production of this play with
music by Sibelius, and you could ask for it from 
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they can give you more information about it.

Mikko Nortela

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