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Local theater group to present 'The Tempest'

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Director Rory Willats (second from the right) reads through the script for the Tempest with actors. The Monroe County Civic Theatre's annual Shakespeare in the Park will take place Thursday, May 31, to Sunday, June 3, and will be located at Waldron Hill Buskirk Park. Courtesy Photo

The Monroe County Civic Theater will present “The Tempest” for its 29th annual Shakespeare in the Park event. 

The performances are 6:45-9 p.m. May 31 and June 1, 6:45-9 p.m. June 2 and 2:45-5 p.m. June 3 at Third Street Park. The event is free, and attendees can bring blankets and chairs.

Founded in 1986, Monroe County Civic Theater is Bloomington’s only all-volunteer, amateur theater organization. Indiana University Health recently designated MCCT as Bloomington’s first dementia-friendly theater group.

“'The Tempest" is a story of magic, mystery, and intrigue as Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, seek their rightful place in the world,” according to a MCCT press release. “Along the way, the audience meets a large cast of characters, from the sprite Ariel to the dark and sinister Caliban.”

In addition to “The Tempest,” the MCCT Children’s Theater program will present “Tempest in a Teacup,” a shorter version of the story designed to help a younger audience understand the plot.

Across all of the performances, more than 45 local residents are involved, from acting to creating the set, as well as other behind-the-scenes work. 

Clark Gudas

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