A theater review: ‘The Tempest’
By Ethan C. Brogan
INDIANA — On the Waller Hall main stage Thursday night, the cast of Dr. Rick’s Traveling Shakespeare Show shook the foundation of The Bard’s “The Tempest” with an unusual adaptation set in a 1930s-era circus. IUP acting and directing professor Dr. Richard J. Kemp creates an ambiance that grabs the attention of the audience and keeps them entranced for the entire performance.
Brian R. Jones, chair of IUP’s Department of Theater and Dance and designer of the show’s sets and lights, said re-doing Shakespeare while remaining true to the original 17th-century script took teamwork.
“Working with professionals, alumni and students together with a creative idea like this was a challenge,” Jones said following Thursday night’s performance.
IUP students Kenneth I. Singleton and Shannon L. McCarren put on wonderful performances working alongside professional actors such as IUP Dean of the College of Fine Arts Dr. Michael J. Hood and University of Pittsburgh Department of Theater Arts chair Bruce McConachie.