Off-Broadway Theatre Company to Offer Shakespeare — For Kids

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Parents who want to introduce their children to the world of William Shakespeare might want to check out a new musical version of The Tempest.

The award-winning Vital Children's Theatre will present a musicalized The Tempest beginning April 3. Featuring a book by Doug DeVita and music and lyrics by Brian Hobbs, The Tempest will play Saturdays at 1 PM and Sundays at 1 and 3 PM through May 9. Carrie Libling, the director of the theatre company, will helm the production. According to production notes, The Tempest concerns "Prospero, the Duke of Naples, [who] has been banished by the King to an enchanted island where for 12 years he has raised his daughter Miranda. When the King’s son Ferdinand washes ashore after a storm, Miranda enters a new world full of love and forgiveness." This new version of The Tempest was inspired by a prose version of the play that was written for children by Charles and Mary Lamb in the nineteenth century.

The creative team for The Tempest comprises Ovi Vargas (choreographer), Christopher Totaro (musical director), Jeriana Hochberg (costume designer), Clifford Gaw (set designer) and Nick Leavens (assistant director and stage manager). The cast features Mark Hayes, Erin Sega, Stefan Basti, David Shih, Kathleen Clancy, Dana Mierlak, Kevin Flinn and Matt Campbell.

Vital Children's Theatre, winner of the Off-Off Broadway Review's Award for Overall Excellence, is located in Manhattan at 432 West 42nd Street. Tickets, priced at $14, are available by calling (212) 268-2040. For more information, visit

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