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Piknik Theatre hosting no-experience-required auditions for Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

Mike Lion performs in the 2018 Piknik Theatre presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare. This year’s play will be Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — When Stuart Handloff was asked by one of Piknik Theatre’s board members why they couldn’t do something a bit meatier, Handloff thought, “Why not?” And when Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” was recommended, his answer was, “Absolutely.”

“‘The Tempest’ is quite a fun piece,” said Handloff, who is the director for this year’s production. “There’s magic.”

On Sunday, April 7, Steamboat Springs thespians are invited to audition to be a part of the magic. Handloff will have pieces for people to read, so those who want to audition are not expected to have anything prepared. But Handloff said he won’t discourage those who want to show their range with their own selection.

“The Tempest” is one of William Shakespeare’s last plays, which are more commonly known as the “problem plays” because they don’t fit into a single category, like tragedy or comedy. The play focuses on Prospero’s attempt at revenge after shipwrecking his daughter, the King of Naples and his own brother, Antonio. But when he finally gets his chance to enact his vengeance, he chooses not to — keeping the play from becoming a tragedy.

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The whole story takes place on an island, which Handloff thinks makes the play fun to produce, especially here in Steamboat.

“Just like Steamboat is an island and the botanic park is an island — it’s a great setting for this play,” Handloff said.

Auditions will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Those auditioning must be 16 or older, but no experience is required.

Rehearsals begin July 15, and performances will run from July 27 to Aug. 8. Sunday shows will take place outside on the grass at Bud Werner Memorial Library, and all other shows will take place at the botanic park, weather permitting.

To reach Mackenzie Hicks, email mhicks@SteamboatPilot.com, call 970-871-4208 or follow her on Twitter @MackenzieShawna.

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