The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, is one of the Bard’s most haunting stories and is often thought to be one of the last plays that he wrote. A story of shipwreck and magic, The Tempest begins on a ship caught in a violent storm.

On a nearby island, the exiled Duke of Milan, Prospero, tells his daughter, Miranda, that he has caused the storm with his magical powers. Prospero had been banished twelve years earlier when Prospero’s brother, conspired to become the duke. Prospero and Miranda are served on the island by two unearthly creatures — a spirit named Ariel and Caliban, son of the island’s previous inhabitant, the witch Sycorax.

On the island, castaways from the wreck begin to appear and it becomes clear they know of Prospero and his history. As they begin to interact with the island’s inhabitants, Prospero and Caliban try to influence them, with varying degrees of success. In the end, all except Caliban and Ariel prepare to leave the island. Prospero, who has given up his magic, bids farewell to the island and the audience.


Located on historic and picturesque Budd Inlet in South Puget Sound, Olympia’s Port Plaza is a unique outdoor venue on the Puget Sound. Our performances will be next to salt water, with the sound of seagulls and boats nearby. Our closing weekend will include tall ships docked beside our stage.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest will appear on the Port Plaza stage on the following dates (DATES ARE PRELIMINARY)

Aug 14 – 8 pm – Tech preview

Aug 15 – 8 pm OPENING NIGHT

Aug 16 – 23  Performances Thurs-Sat


Aug 29 – 8 pm  Performance

Aug 30 – 8 pm  Performance (Harbor Days sponsored, with tall ships)

Aug 31 – 8 pm CLOSING NIGHT (Harbor Days sponsored, with tall ships)


The Tempest is happy to announce the following cast and crew.


PROSPERO Brian Tyrrell
Tyrrell earned his MFA in Theatre from Purdue University. Brian recently retired from Centralia College where he taught/directed for 25 years. He’s the recipient of the Gold Medallion from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for years of service to the Northwest Drama Conference. He’s the co-founder of the Northwest Playwright’s Alliance at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and has acted as an assistant director at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle.  As an actor his work has been seen at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and on tour with the National Shakespeare Company in New York.

MIRANDA – Kate Anders

ARIEL – Silva Goetz

FERDINAND – Dale Sharp

CALIBAN – Drew Doyle

TRINCULO  – Heather Christopher

STEPHANO  – John Serembe

ALONSO  – Paige Doyle

GONZALO  – Erin Quinn Valcho

SEBASTIAN  – Christian Carvajal

ANTONIO  – Michael Christopher

ADRIAN  – Bethany Sullivan


DIRECTOR  Kate Ayers
Playwright, director and actor, Ayers has appeared in multiple national and international tours. She was the co-founder of the Indianapolis Children’s Theatre and has created educational theater programs in prisons, museums and theaters in multiple locations nationwide. Her plays have appeared on over 300 stages across the nation, and  La Casa Azul, her musical based on the life of Frida Kahlo, is currently casting for its National Premiere this summer. Ms. Ayers ran the Theater Program at the Indiana Women’s Prison for 10 years, studied at the Goodman Theatre School, and graduated from Columbia (Directing).   The Tempest production is overjoyed to have Ayers as director.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Michael Christopher
Christopher is a technical director, actor and director whose work has appeared on stage at Harlequin, Olympia Little Theater and Theatre Artists Olympia. His credits for direction include Boston MarriagePlayhouse Creatures and Wonder of the World. He has also appeared as an actor in The Head that Wouldn’t Die, AnastasiaMacbeth and Seven Ways to Get There, and most recently Bunbury at OLT.

Mann has stage managed throughout the Puget Sound region, with credits ranging from seasons for Olympia Family Theater to Olympia Little Theatre, Capital Playhouse and many other venues.

LIGHTING DIRECTOR  To be announced

HOUSE MANAGER To be announced


Sponsors of this summer’s The Tempest production include local businesses and local arts publications.

We are happy to announce initial sponsorship by OLY ARTS.

The production is also sponsored by Olympia Harbor Days. The Olympia Kiwanis Club and the Squaxin Island Tribe have united to extend their Olympia Harbor Days sponsorship to this production of The Tempest. 

More sponsor announcements forthcoming.

We are happy to support the great Shakespearean performances of the ANIMAL FIRE THEATRE COMPANY. Their performance of “Merry Wives of Windsor” will take place in July 2019, and we encourage all of our supporters to see this wonderful production. More about Animal Fire here. 


Auditions completed. Casting completed.

Rehearsals will take place in June-July.

Performances are Aug 14-31.

Contact director@thetempestolympia.com for further inquiries.