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Talents, teamwork showcased in fall play

Aimee Dumouchel, left, as Ariel, and Gil Snowden as Prospero

The Erskine Players’ production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest last week was a team effort.

Directed by Professor of English Dr. Joan Little, the play featured 18 Erskine students as cast members, with 13 of that number also serving on the technical crew.

Little commented on the play, first performed in 1611, in her program notes.

From left, Tillary Blackman as Caliban, T.J. Fisher as Stephano, and Bryce Pruitt as Trinculo

“Placing a motley of characters on a strange island, Shakespeare allows the magician Prospero to create dramatic illusions that hold the mirror up to nature,” she wrote. “With the help of Providence, Prospero brings his enemies and friends into a charmed circle, where his art reflects the viewers’ true selves.”

Little said the cast and crew were a pleasure to work with and noted that a number of freshmen were involved in the production.

From left, Ben Dickert as Ferdinand, Laura Walenceus as Miranda, and Michaela Shoemake as Ceres

Members of the cast, some playing multiple roles, included Tillary Blackman as Caliban; Ben Dickert as Ferdinand; Aimee Dumouchel as Ariel; T.J. Fisher as Stephano; Daniel Goebel as master of a ship and a spirit; Brianna Hasty as Iris, spirit and goddess of the rainbow; Sarah La Course as a mariner and a spirit; Rebecca Pearson as Gonzala; Bryce Pruitt as Trinculo; Amanda Reed as a boatswain and a spirit; Kyle Ritland as Alonso, King of Naples; Trevor Ritland as Sebastian, brother of Alonso; Jerod Sellers as a mariner and a spirit; Michaela Shoemake as Ceres, spirit and goddess of grain; Gil Snowden as Prospero; Amber Swann as Antonia; Caroline Thomas as Juno, spirit and queen of Olympus; and Laura Walenceus as Miranda.

Technical crew members were Laura Caskey, Kristi Culbreth, Gabby Dierickx, Christine Dumouchel and Becky Harrill, as well as Blackman, A. Dumouchel, Fisher, Goebel, La Course, Pearson, Pruitt, Reed, K. Ritland, T. Ritland, Sellers, Swann and Walenceus.

Photos of the Erskine Players are available at the following link:

Erskine and Due West Skyline

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