The Tempest, is widely known as Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage. In the play Prospero, the duke of Milan and a powerful magician, is banished from Italy and cast to sea by his usurping brothers, Antonio and Alonso, the king of Naples. Prospero lives on the island with his daughter, Miranda, his servant monster, Caliban, and his helpful spirit Ariel, who is his chief magical agent.
A ship carrying Italian royalty, including Antonio, Alonso and several others crashes on Prospero’s island. Miranda and Ferdinand, Alonso’s son, meet and instantly fall in love. After foiled murder plots, a wedding, and the re-uniting of the Italian mariners, the play resolves when Prospero reveals to Alonso the site of Ferdinand and Miranda playing chess. Prospero then invites Alonso and his company to stay the night before everyone returns to Italy the next day, where Prospero will reassume his dukedom. Upon his departure, Prospero vows never to use magic again.
William Shakespeare, playwright
Don Fleming, playwright
45 pgs. 1 female, 12 male (Doubling is possible)
Originally produced in Seattle Children's Theatre’s Summer Season
Run Time: Under One Hour
Audience Recommendation: 11+
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This script was originally developed for Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Drama School Summer Season, an acclaimed program in which student actors and theatre professionals come together to produce polished Play. The Summer Season inspired by classic works, were specifically written for students in grades 4 – 12 to develop acting and other theatrical skills.
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