The Interlochen Shakespeare Festival draws on the unique resources of the Interlochen Center for the Arts to present bold and innovative interpretations of the classics. Founded in 2008 and led by artistic director William Church, a core ensemble of Interlochen faculty, staff and alumni commits itself to engaging northwest Michigan audiences through professional theatre that celebrates the Shakespearean imagination.
Summer 2014 - "The Tempest"
June 26-28 and July 2, 3 & 5 - 8 p.m.
In his magical farewell to the stage, Shakespeare expertly weaves a tale of vengeance and forgiveness, romance and discovery. Prospero, a powerful sorcerer and the exiled Duke of Milan, has survived on an enchanted desert island for twelve years, accompanied by his beloved daughter, the elemental creatures, and a desire for retribution. When Fortune places his enemies within his grasp, Prospero unleashes his revenge aided by the supernatural forces he commands. Directed by Laura Mittelstaedt, this mystical, humorous and poignant play charts an adventurous journey home through stormy seas.
After the sold-out success of its first two productions, "Twelfth Night" and "The Taming of the Shrew," the company presented "Macbeth" in 2010, "The Merchant of Venice" in 2011, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 2012 and "Hamlet" in 2013.