News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 14, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, June 14, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, June 14, 2018
OHA season kicks off with outdoor performance of The Tempest

The Tempest comes to OHA

Kathleen Turco-Lyon plays Prospero the magician in Opera House Arts outdoor production of The Tempest at Ames Farm in Stonington, June 29-July 15.

Photo courtesy of Opera House Arts

Rehearsals are under way and tickets are going quickly for Opera House Arts’ summer “Shakespeare in Stonington” production of The Tempest at Ames Farm, a saltwater farm overlooking the Deer Island Thorofare.

In 2015, director Peter Richards used the landscape of Ames Farm to transport audiences to 19th-century Russia with his production of The Seagull. This summer, Ames Farm becomes an enchanted isle, “full of noises, sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not,” according to a press release.

One of Shakespeare’s last plays, The Tempest tells the story of Prospero, a magician exiled to a remote island, who seizes the opportunity to take revenge on the brother who wronged him by unleashing a churning storm to shipwreck the man who stole his dukedom. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece that proves we are all “such stuff as dreams are made on.”

The production will travel around Ames Farm, with acting taking place in multiple locations. The early curtain time (all performances begin at 5:30 p.m.) ensures that audiences will enjoy sunset as the play reaches its ending, with characters finding forgiveness and friendship after the tumultuous title storm.

The Tempest reunites director Peter Richards with many returning cast members and designers. Actors Kathleen Turco-Lyon, Bari Robinson, Paul Farwell, Ryan Knowles, and Marvin Merritt IV have all been featured in the past, and the design team of Julia Sears (associate director), Robin Vest (sets), Jennifer Paar (costumes) and Mark Van Hare (sound) have all collaborated before.

Ames Farm is located at 161 Indian Point Road, Stonington. Performances are from June 29 to July 15. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 367-2788. Deer Isle students may attend all Opera House Arts productions for free.