Kinsella’s Production of “The Tempest” Sweeps the CT Drama Awards
We are very pleased to report that the R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts Drama Squad’s production of The Tempest rocked the Connecticut Drama Association awards this year; they came away with multiple awards for acting and technical excellence.
For this year’s CDA entry, the Kinsella Drama Squad chose to do an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In an effort to make the play more exciting and accessible for the students, Director Ryan Howland decided to set the play in outer space, and make it a campy romp using disco music and vogue culture as a way to discuss the characters and make the story clearer in performance.
Mike Lenaghan, production teacher, worked with his students and a Senior student designer to construct the beautiful space age set, adorning it with LED lights and blacklight paint. The students researched the queer vogue ballroom culture of the 1980s, and a student who was an expert at vogue dance choreography prepared some of the big dance numbers.
The show would not have been possible without the work of Carma Simpson-Liburd, costuming teacher, who worked with her students to design and construct all of the costumes for the production.
Strings teacher Kielty Wintersteen worked with a students using an electronic looper pedal and violin to create soundscapes and enhanced musical moments for the production.
The school is in awe of the work its students put into the show; it shows the power of theatre and the Kinsella community.
Here is a list of awards the team won:
Outstanding Special Effects
Honorable Mention Acting: Dominic Cassarino
All CT Cast (Award for excellence in acting): Madison Stanchick, Zayda Greer
Outstanding Acting: Emily Gonzales
Honorable Mention Technical Design: Gia Curran
Theatrical Excellence Award (placing us in the top 5 schools out of 12)
Props were designed and constructed by English teacher Elizabeth Divenere, photographer extraordinaire!
Congratulations, Kinsella! We cannot wait to see this production!