Director Kathi E.B. Ellis and Josephine Sculpture Park Artistic Director, Melanie VanHouten announce “The Tempest” performances June 7-9 & 14-16 at 7p.m. each evening at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort, KY. $10.00 tickets for the performance can be purchased in advance at Completely Kentucky in Frankfort. Tickets will also be available at the park prior to the 7p.m. evening performances.
This unique partnership brings to central Kentucky a site-specific, professional outdoor Shakespearean production; a tradition inaugurated in 2011. This year’s production of “The Tempest” is inspired by The Clarity Vehicle, a sculpture created by Lexington native Mollie Rabiner. Ellis and VanHouten are reunited with Composer/Sound Designer Phyllis Free and choreographer Dawn Schulz who also were part of the core creative team last year. Ellis says she is “delighted to have the opportunity to work again with these talented women and artists.” VanHouten is excited that “Mollie’s idiosyncratic sculpture is serving as this year’s inspiration.”
The production is grounded in the natural landscape of the park, creating the island environment. Director Kathi E.B. Ellis explores the juxtaposition of sophisticated society and this environment, visually and aurally. JSP Artistic Director Melanie VanHouten brings her experience as sculptor and installation artist to the role of production designer, once again extending the park’s mantra “…where art meets the earth” to the performing arts. Joining the artistic team is Lindsay Chamberlin as costume designer (who works in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s costume department), and returning are Megan Burnett as voice coach (who studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London), and independent artist Lee Look as fight choreographer.
The acting company includes Louisville area-based performers, Joey Arena, Taylor Campbell, Megan Caudill, Courtney Glenny, Clay Marshall, Keith McGill, Dawn Schulz, Spencer Scruggs, Jamisa Spalding, Hy Stein, Dealdon Watson, Brian West and Steve Zimmerman; Shelbyville-based Clint Gill; Georgetown-based Chris Bartlett; and Frankfort students Natalie Dufour and Annabelle Renshaw.
Audience members are encouraged to arrive early in the evening to picnic & explore the grounds of Josephine Sculpture Park. Take the opportunity to view more than thirty sculptures on exhibition and plan to bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. for a comfortable evening of Shakespeare under the stars. The park entrance is located at 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd, Frankfort, KY. JSP is less than three miles south of I64; adjacent to US HWY 127S.
The Kentucky Employees Credit Union proudly supports the arts in our community & Josephine Summerstage as title sponsor for “The Tempest”. Additional support comes from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, Wilson Nurseries, VanHouten Builders and Frankfort Tourism.
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit JSP at www.josephinesculpturepark.org, and visit the Facebook event page for frequent updates.
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