The Tempest

Members of the Kodiak Middle School drama club rehearse William Shakespeare's "The Tempest," Wednesday in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium drama pod. Drew Herman/Kodiak Daily Mirror

In William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” a magician and his daughter lead a lonely life on a mystical island, until a shipwreck brings them reluctant company.

There’s nothing lonely or reluctant about the troupe performing the classic play this weekend in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium drama pod.

“I only have nine lines or so, but it’s so much fun,” said Kodiak Middle School drama club member Rylee Grunden, who learned to love Shakespeare through her mother’s readings.

Directed by Kodiak College history professor Jared Griffin, club members handled all aspects of the production, meeting three times per week.

In her third year with the club, Lili Beaver plays the spirit Ariel.

“I love acting,” she said. “It’s like my favorite thing.”

She said Griffin teaches actors how to stay in character and keep calm, even if they forget a line or two.

As Ariel, Beaver can be her mischievous self.

“She walks differently, she talks differently,” Beaver said. “Other than that we’re very alike.”

Performances of “The Tempest” are at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

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