This year at Lanphier, the Drama Club is having a play at the Legacy Theater in downtown Springfield. The director is Mr. Loren Wilson, one of Lanphier’s English teachers. This year’s play is called the Tempest. The play itself is one of the last plays that Shakespeare wrote.
The story is about a man who is exiled on a remote island by his own brother with help from the King. The man is a magician, and he is raising his daughter on the island with help from two other servants. One servant is a spirit, and the other servant is a half-man, half-fish creature. His brother ends up sailing near the island and the magician crashes his ship into the island using the power of a tempest storm. He then proceeds to exact his revenge on them however he pleases. The ending moral of the story is about forgiveness.
The play takes much preparation to put on, varying from auditions, behind the scenes, lighting, costumes, and props. The play is monitored by whoever runs the Legacy Theater and the play times and dates must be worked out with them.
“The set is much lighter than years past. “We had to borrow some sets from the Legacy theater, but the rest we built ourselves,” said Mr. Wilson.
The play had to be postponed to work with the owner of the theater and their scheduling. This gave time to replace and recast characters due to actor conflicts as well as polish the play to perfection. It was originally set to debut on March 15, 16, and 17, but is now set for March 26, 27, 28. Mr. Wilson thinks that the postponement will actually make the play even better, and he encourages everyone to come out and see it. The tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.