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April 25, 2024

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Local Kids Perform in Shakespeares’ “The Tempest” This Weekend

Entertainment is on deck for you and your family with Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

This weekend is your last chance to see Nashville Shakespeare Festival's production of, "The Tempest." Directed by Denice Hicks, Shakespeare's classic story takes place on a magical island and wrestles with a wide range of themes as they pertain to humanity. Featured in the show will be young local actors and actresses from Nashville Shakespeare's "Elf and Fairy" camp.

The Festival's own "Elf and Fairy" camp offers young aspiring performers the opportunity to not only learn, but also to have the full theatre experience. The week-long program helps the young performers create and craft characters, learn new music, and connect to Shakespeare's texts. The camp also gives them a direct insight into all facets of production, from sets, costumes, and scripts, to everything in between. The program offers several sessions to choose from and each young actor/actress is will be seen this weekend in the Festival's production of "The Tempest" as a part of the ensemble, performing alongside the professionals. The "Elf and Fairy" camp is finished this year, but will be available for 7-14 year old actors next year.

The play is about the former Duke of Milan, Prospero, who on a magical island decides to enact revenge on the people who took away his power as Duke through deception, magic, and initimidation. "The Tempest" is fun for the whole family and is filled with fantastic characters your kids will love. 

Performed outside, Academy Park provides a perfect space to bring your aspiring actor kiddos to be inspired. Bring picnic blankets, chairs, food, and whatever else you need to get comfortable, and enjoy the show!

The production will be held at Academy Park Performing Arts Center in Franklin at 110 Everbright Avenue, Franklin, TN. Admission is free (with donations optional at the gate). The gates open at 5 p.m. and the food vendors open at 5:30 p.m. Pre-show runs from 6 – 6:30 p.m, and "The Tempest" runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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