‘The Tempest’ storming into Raleigh

June 27, 2017 by  

Shakespeare’s classic romance ‘The Tempest’ is coming to Raleigh, albeit with a twist. The production is only 90 minutes long, about half the length of a traditional presentation, and the actors are teenagers from throughout the city.

The show is the brainchild of The Public Theater in New York, and is part of its Public Works program. The theater put on its first show in 2013, using residents from all of the city’s five boroughs, who were on stage with professional actors. Now, Raleigh Little Theatre is teaming up with Kidznotes to put on the play. Kidznotes will supply both a choir and musicians for the show, working with young people from all over Raleigh.

The Kidznotes’ model is based on the youth orchestra concept known as El Sistema, which began in Venezuela, and is now spreading across the globe. Youngsters who are part of the program are given 10 free hours of musical instruction weekly.

“The Tempest” storms onto the stage from July 21-30 at the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. On July 23, audience members will have a chance to talk to cast members and the director after the performance, which is a 3:00 pm matinee.

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