A Mid Summer's Fantasy Fest Presents:
Friday, July 26 & Saturday July 27: 6pm-10pm Daily; Performance Starts at 8:30pm
Sunday, July 28: 4pm - 8pm; Perfomance starts at 6:30pm
Town Point Park
Downtown Norfolk, VA Waterfront
Advance Tickets Available Until 5 pm Thursday, July 25, 2013
In Case of Inclement Weather, The performance will be moved inside the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center.
There will be free General Admission into the park for the first hour of each evening's event.
After the first hour, General Admission tickets will be available for purchase.
Children 12 and Under $5
"Be not afeared"; Town Point Park will be full of "noises, sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not" when Norfolk Festevents and Virginia Stage Company (VSC) present Shakespeare's last known play, The Tempest, July 26 through July 28, 2013.
A fantastical combination of comedy and drama, The Tempest, will come to life through the use of large-scale puppetry created by VSC with Donovan Zimmerman, co-founder of the Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and music composed by Jake Hull.Brimming with romance and magic, monsters and fairies, conflict and concord, and a healthy dose of redemption, this spectacular interpretation of The Tempest can best be described as "Shakespeare meets Harry Potter," according to VSC Associate Artistic Director Patrick Mullins. Mullins is directing the production of The Tempest.
"The Tempest" is the story of Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda, both banished to a remote island by Prospero's nefarious brother, Antonio, and his partner in crime, King Alonso of Naples. Aided by a magic fairy, Ariel, Propsero conjures up a storm that shipwrecks the vessel carrying amongst others his brother, the King, a jester and the King's son with whom Miranda falls in love. Through illusion and skillful
manipula, Prospero restores his title and helps free a fairy, a monster and the soul of a redemptive King.
The current plan for the production includes three "humans," Prospero, Miranda and Ferdinand (the Prince who becomes Miranda's suitor). The other characters in the show (the King, the Duke, the villains, and the clowns) will be represented by oversized masked characters. Caliban (the misinformed monster) and Ariel, the most magical creatures on the island, will be portrayed by large-scale puppets. The "wedding" on the island will feature a large pageant-style parade of characters that celebrates the human life cycle.
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Those attending the nightly performances of The Tempest in Town Point Park will also enjoy two hours of mirth and merriment prior to the show.
- A Fanciful English Morris Dance Circle
- Contests of Fencing, Darts and Life Size Chess
- A Magical Garden of Wizardry and Wonder
- Enchanted Life Size Puppets, Mischievous Ferries, Friendly Monsters and more!
- Youth Crafts and Theater Face Painting
- The Festival Tavern serving traditional pub fare of roasted turkey legs, grilled sausages, meat pies, bangers and mash, craft brews, mead and cider and other Elizabethan style treats
- World Music and Storytelling in the Tavern by Troubadour John Durant