A Magical First Read-Through

Photo of the Day: The Camp Company reads through the play for the first time!

Today’s Date: July 18, 2022

Show Title: The Tempest

Director: Camp Company!

RDA Stage Manager: Daniel Skinner

RDA Dramaturg: Devlin Ford

Stage Management Intern: Mary Rose Valentine

Dramaturgy Intern: Mia Randers-Pehrson

What we did

We started with a group check-in after a packed day of auditions, voice and acting coaching, and casting (see cast list below)! After that we dove right into our first read-through. We then spent some time discussing things the cast noticed during the read-through. Finally, we spent some time planning out the day tomorrow so we’re set up for success.

Cast List

Fenrir – Trinculo

Molly – Ferdinand

Sakura – Miranda

Lilah – Shipmaster, Juno

Maddie – Prospero A

Isabella – Caliban

Poma – Stephano

Pax – Adrian/Francisco, Ceres

Analise – Alonso

Lee – Ariel

Ella – Sebastian

Lucy – Prospero 1

Lilly – Gonzalo

Gabe – Boatswain, Iris

Alex – Antonio

Quick and Quotable

  • From the play:
    • “Whereof, what’s past is Prologue.” – Antonio
  • From the company:
    • “This cut is like. Good. Really good.” – Lucy
    • While discussing the pronunciation of the name Stephano based on how it scans: “Darned scansion.” – Lee

Production Insights 

We have a cast! It has been so rewarding watching the camp company bond and discover the text over the last week of camp. Watching them read through the play with their parts for the first time it is clear that this text belongs to them. They’ve spent the last week arguing over which lines to keep and which to cut and have defended their choices with vigor. I’ve been impressed with the amount of thoughtfulness they’ve put into considering the more difficult themes in the play and am so excited to see them start to put the show on its feet!