Archive for April, 2015

Pellissippi presents “The Tempest”

The Tempest” comes to Pellissippi State Community College

“If you never have seen a show here before, the one show you should see is this one,” says director Charles Miller. 

The Tempest” will be performed at be the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The Shakespearian play will be performed on April 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m., and on the 19 and the 26 at 2 p.m. The ticket cost is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Director Charles Miller says that this big of a production is possible because of the collaboration between Ducks Ear Theater Company and Dragon Fly Arial Arts. A total of 35 people, including the cast and stagehands will be involved in the production of the play.

Professionally trained aerialists and actors have also donated their time to this play. One of the lead roles, Ariel, has been personally trained and advised by DFAA. Additional collaboration includes design students who are working on their Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Tennessee.

Overseer and designer of the set is Claude Hardy, who is the technical director at Pellissippi. “This is the biggest set we’ve done for this space,” says Miller.

Alex Gherardi, an adjunct professor at Pellissippi State, has composed original music for the play that he will perform.

Over the past several years Miller has been asked many times to do a Shakespeare play, but didn’t have the people or resources to do it. ”I don’t know why, or where, or what the circumstances were but I had a vision of a caliban, and that sort of set me off in the direction of doing “The Tempest,” states Miller.

Thursday, April 16th, 2015