Adaptor 1 Baumander, Lewis
Date of First Production
1987, Summer
Title The Tempest
Director
Lewis Baumander
Place of First Production
Earl Bales Park, Toronto
Production Company
Skylight Theatre
Performance History
1989, June 22-July 23
Earl Bales Park, Toronto

Director: Lewis Baumander
Sets and Masks: William Chesney
Costumes: Stephanie Tjelios
Lighting: Jim Plaxton
Music: Glenn Morley
Choreography: Rene Highway
Stage Manager: Robert Fox

Prospero: Gary Reinke
Ariel: Monique Mojica
Boatswain: Douglas J. Stephens
Alonso: John Swindells
Antonio: Benedict Campbell
Gonzalo: Maurice Evans
Sebastian: Richard Partington
Miranda: Marianna Pascal
Caliban: Billy Merasty
Ferdinand: R. A. Lewis
Adrian/Boatswain/Chief: Douglas J. Stephens
Tinculo: Kenneth Wickes
Stephano: Jan Filips
Spirits/Mariners: Rene Highway, Jack Horn, Shanti Johnson, Alejandro Ronceria

Publishing and Multimedia
*The Tempest. Dir. Lewis Baumander. Program. Skylight Theatre. Earl Bales Park, Toronto. 8-26 July 1987.
*The Tempest. Dir. Lewis Baumander. Program. Skylight Theatre. Earl Bales Park, Toronto. 22 June-23 July 1989.
 
*The Tempest. Dir. Lewis Baumander. Program. Skylight Theatre. Earl Bales Park, Toronto. 8-26 July 1987.
*The Tempest. Dir. Lewis Baumander. Program. Skylight Theatre. Earl Bales Park, Toronto. 22 June-23 July 1989.
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Secondary Materials
*Johnson, Phil. "Tempest with twist stars at Skylight." The Toronto Star 30 June 1987: n. pag.
*Kosersky, Christine. "Skylight gambles, but The Tempest works 'superbly.'" N. T. N.d: n. pag.
*Mahler, John. "Tempest in a tree spot." Photograph. The Toronto Star 10 July 1987: n. pag.
*"Native culture shines in a new look at a timely and powerful tale: The Tempest." Dir. Lewis Baumander. Press Release. Skylight Theatre Company, Earl Bales Park, Toronto. 19 May 1989.
*Peters, Helen. "The Aboriginal Presence in Canadian Theatre and the Evolution of Being Canadian." Theatre Research International 18.3: 197-205.
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Synopsis
"Lewis Baumander's Tempest is set on the Queen Charlotte Islands, off the British Columbian coast, at the time of their colonization. Without altering the text, Baumander presents a New World interpretation of the conflict that results when a harmonious indigenous culture is forced to accommodate an encroaching alien presence. Designer William Chesney took his inspiration from the visually rich culture of the west coast Haida Indians and created a set to blend with the natural beauty of Earl Bales Park. Cree Choreographer Rene Highway's movement is a combination of modern and Native dance styles. Baumander and Skylight Theatre seek to explore the issues surrounding native peoples everywhere, and more specifically to celebrate Canada's heritage via the cultures of its indigenous peoples" (qtd. from The Tempest. Program).
Keywords
Aboriginal/First Nations
Theatre in the Park
Professional
Notes
1989 production celebrated 10th anniversary of Skylight Theatre, and the construction of The Amphitheatre in Earl Bales Park.
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Adaptation of
The Tempest
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