• What: ‘The Tempest.’

• When: Thursday through Sept. 1.

• Where: Brice Station Vineyards, 3353 E. Highway 4, Murphys.

• Tickets: $10 to $28.

Information: bricestation.com, (209) 736-7238.

In its fourth season, Shakespeare on the Vine Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare’s comedy “The Tempest,” directed by Tara Kayton.

The piece will be performed on the outdoor Arden Stage at Brice Station Vineyards near Murphys. The production will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 1.

Twelve years ago, Prospero was the beloved Duke of Milan, but his attention to books caused him to leave the management of his state to his brother, Antonio. Eventually, with the help of Alonso, Queen of Naples, Antonio usurped the dukedom for himself. Prospero and his baby daughter Miranda were put to sea and eventually landed on a fantastical island inhabited only by a native, Caliban, and a powerful spirit, Ariel.

Since then, Prospero has ruled the island and its two inhabitants by his knowledge and books. When Prospero’s enemies are close to the island and he sees an opportunity to work his revenge, Ariel raises a storm that wrecks them, but really disperses them about the isle unharmed. Ariel leads Ferdinand, the queen’s son, to Prospero’s cell, where he and Miranda instantly fall in love. The Queen of Naples searches for her son, although fearing him to be drowned, while Antonio plots more corruption.

The boat drunkards, Stephano and Trinculo, encounter Caliban and plan to kill Prospero so that they can rule the island. Prospero presents the young couple with the blessings of marriage, ensuring his lasting lineage in Milan and Naples before reuniting everyone on the island to return to Italy.

The cast features Elyse Sharp as the ethereal Ariel, Jake Edmondson as the wronged Duke Prospero, Sean M. Lewis as the island native Caliban, and an island spirit musician is played by Holly Johnston. Tyler Mattson and Vickie Hall play the young lovers, Ferdinand and Miranda. The drunken clowns are hilariously paired in Lillian McLeod as Stephano and Sara Garcia as Trinculo. Lahna VonEpps joins the cast as Queen Alonso, John Baker as the evil brother Antonio, Stephen Daly as loyal Gonzalo, and Laura Johnson as the plotting Adrian.

The creative team is composed of Kayton, dramaturg Ryan M. Davis, stage manager Kierin Harrison, production manager Janet Cunningham, scenic carpenter Dan Swanson, costume designer Herin Kaputkin, lighting designer Ross Aldrich, scenic painters Dolores Mast and Lubov Mazur, assistant stage manager Nicole Job, and production assistants Jenia Willhite, Cortney Gillespie, Nichole Markle and Daniel Harrison.

This season marks the company’s fourth summer at Brice Station after successful productions of “Hamlet” (’17), “As You Like It” (’16) and “The Taming of the Shrew” (’15). These productions helped Brice Station earn the Calaveras Visitors Bureau’s Innovations in Tourism Awards for Most Innovative Attraction and Most Innovative Business.

Brice Station’s wine and Gold Country Roasters coffee will be available starting at 5 p.m. No outside alcohol is allowed, however, picnics are encouraged.

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