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A drama in five acts, “The Tempest” is believed to have been first written and performed about 1611.

Lakeside Performances of ‘The Tempest’ Begin Tonight


Iron String Press’ own Wriley Nelson is among the actors in Fenimore Art Museum’s Glimmer Globe Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s final fantastical adventure, “The Tempest,” which kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. Performances take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings through August 10, set against the backdrop of Otsego Lake in the museum’s Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater. 

In a new twist on this famous story, a motley crew of aeronauts finds their airship caught in a vicious tempest about to crash into an isolated and magical isle. Nearby, the vengeful wizard Prospero lives with his daughter, Miranda, and two servants: Caliban, a native of the island, and Ariel, a spirit of the air. After Prospero reveals he and his magic were the cause of the recent shipwreck, he recounts his tragic past to Miranda, setting in motion a chain of events that will change their lives, and the futures of all who call the island home.

“The Tempest” is directed by Michael Henrici, who also stars as Caliban. Lissa Sidoli is Prospero. The production also features Andie Alban, Tom Russo, J Lentner, Samantha Lizak, Andrew Munro, Colleen Bunn, Nelson, Peter Exton, Mark Murphy, Marisa Chism, Emily Begin, Kim Frederick, Dashiell Henrici, Tessa Davis and Gavin Abrams.

Advance tickets are available through or at the theater immediately preceding the show. The cost is $18 for adults (13-64); $16 for seniors (65+) and members; and $10 for youth (7-12). Children ages 6 and under are admitted free. (Please select the free ticket option for children six and under when using Eventbrite.)  Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. An alternate indoor location is available in the event of inclement weather.

Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Route 80, less than one mile from the center of Cooperstown. For more information, visit 


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