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April 5, 2013

Puppets part of Hartwick's re-imagined 'Tempest'

Using a mix of large puppets and live actors, the Hartwick College English and Theatre Arts departments will present William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, April 13, in Yager Hall’s Slade Theatre on the Oneonta college’s campus.

The theater program invited professional puppeteer John Ryan to teach a puppetry class for students acting in “The Tempest” during Hartwick’s January Term, a media release said. Ryan aided the students in constructing the puppets that will be featured in the show.

Ryan and the class worked with director Malissa Kano-White and professional costume designer Kristin Palazzoli — who helped design costumes for the puppets and actors.

Also helping with the production is Hartwick student Kelly Fayton, a Theatre Arts and History major, who created the scenery and lighting design for the show as part of senior thesis project.

“The Tempest” tells the tale of Prospero, the rightful duke of Milan, who lands on a remote island with his daughter Miranda. Prospero plots to return Miranda to her rightful place. He conjures a storm to lure his usurping brother Antonio and King Alonso of Naples to the island.

Ryan is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston. He has toured nationally with the Catskill Puppet Theatre, performing at venues including the Smithsonian Museum.

He has collaborated with Logjam Films, Thought Alarm Theatre, Oneonta Improv, Orpheus Theatre and the Shiva Sham Shows in India, the release said.

Palazzoli has been a freelance costume designer for more than 20 years, working with various stage, film and television productions, including Court TV, Blind Dog Productions, Syracuse City Ballet and the Sterling Renaissance Faire.

Tickets are $5 for Hartwick students, faculty, staff and other college students. General public admission is $10. For more information, call 431-4031.

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