Cedar Rapids - Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets for a magical evening of The Classics at Brucemore: The Tempest. Performances are 21 – 23 at 8:00 p.m. in the natural amphitheatre near the pond on the Brucemore estate. The gates open at 7:00 p.m.
Prospero, a sorcerer and the rightful Duke of Milan, dwells on an enchanted isle with his daughter, Miranda. Twelve years earlier, the duke's brother, Antonio, and the King of Naples, Alonso, conspired to usurp his throne by exiling Prospero and Miranda to the island. When magic reveals a ship bearing his old enemies is sailing nearby, Prospero summons a storm to wreck their ship and seek revenge using magic and illusion. Included with the survivors who make it to shore is Ferdinand, the son of Alonso. Ferdinand meets Miranda and the two become enthralled with one another.
“I just hope that in some way, big or small, you’re affected by the magic,” said Director Leslie Charipar, “whether it’s the magic that Prospero wields, the magic of the island creatures, the magic of true love or family bonds, or even the magic of the singing cicadas on the beautiful grounds of Brucemore.”
Sponsored by Rockwell Collins and the Corridor Business Journal, The Tempest features a cast of the area’s finest actors. Sixteen return to the Classics stage, including Jason Alberty, Richie Akers, Jackson Bartelme, Tina Conroy, Bryant Duffy, Steve Ginsberg, Lincoln Ginsberg, Larry Hansen, Scott Humeston, Matthew James, Jim Kropa, Rob Merritt, David Morton, Hannah Spina, Len Struttmann, and Alex Williams. Making their Classics debut are Justin Braden, Kevin Burford, Emma Conroy, Lucy Conroy, Royce Hufford, Katy Slaven, Laura Tatar, and Mike Wilhelm.
The Classics at Brucemore began as collaboration between Torchlight Theatrics and Brucemore in 1996, thus launching outdoor theatre in Eastern Iowa. The Classics celebrates a rich history of quality live theatre, from Greek tragedy to Shakespearean comedy and 20th century American drama. Much more than a play performed outdoors, The Classics fully utilizes the site as the natural amphitheatre provides a lush backdrop and the outdoor environment is incorporated into the action — actors emerge from the woods, get dunked in the pond, and help themselves to the audience’s picnics.
Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for Brucemore members and students. All tickets at the gate are $20. Tickets may be purchased at the Brucemore Store or by calling (319) 362-7375. Audiences for The Classics at Brucemore are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and beverages for pre-show revelry. Parking is available on the grounds. For additional information, please visit the Brucemore website, www.brucemore.org.
Brucemore is Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site and is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
(Photo by Greg Billman.)