Dean Productions Theatre Company Presents “The Tempest”

Dean Productions Theatre Company presents “The Tempest,” written by William Shakespeare, directed by Rebecca Lynne. 

I absolutely love Shakespeare performed outside…in its natural state, so to speak.

So I was thrilled when Dean Productions announced they were performing “The Tempest,” which is one of my favorite of his plays. The park is such a great location, quiet and blissfully still at night, tucked up into the foothills of Burbank/Glendale. It’s really a lovely place to see a play, the occasional hoot of an owl or visitation by a curious deer adds to the wonderful atmosphere.

usannah Snowden-Ifft (l.), Julia Stier Photo credit: Maggie Jorgensen.
Susannah Snowden-Ifft (l.), Julia Stier Photo credit: Maggie Jorgensen.

This company really puts their heart and soul into every production, and I have seen quite a few of them! They always perform a very special comic short before the main event. They work with children fighting cancer and together they write a short play for the actors to perform. It’s really fun, the actors obviously enjoy it too and this year was just as precious as ever!

Caitlin Stoodley, Nick Gallagher
Caitlin Stoodley, Nick Gallagher

It’s predominantly a fairly young company, apart from a couple of more mature lovelies, but I love that. The actors are all excellent and full of the energy required to perform this lyrical and magical play. Performed as a playhouse production, the actors flit between roles and manipulate the simple set as and when needed quite beautifully. A sail becomes a beach and a trunk becomes a cave as one actor morphs from one role to another. As the story careens from ship wreck to wizardry to wandering regretful princes and lost sons and drunken servants, the actors lovingly perform their parts with a great reverence for the words and a deep sense of the irony and hilarity of this much loved, much studied, neoclassical masterpiece.

Jennipher Lewis
Jennipher Lewis

There is a little bubbling magic and some very gentle audience participation, which is always a joy with one of the Bard’s comedies. There are lovely songs and passionate, heartfelt flirting and I absolutely love the way they interpreted Ariel – always a dilemma and a challenge how to give life to this iconic role, you must discover this for yourselves, however!

So it’s wonderful! It’s only on for a few weeks to I recommend you get a Shakespearean move on!

Oh and it’s free…yes free, although if you have a soul you will generously donate to their charming Halloween buckets when they come round at the end.

“The Tempest” TICKETS>>

Running October 10 – October 20, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Thursday, Friday Saturday 7.30pm

Brand Park, 1601 W Mountain St, Glendale California 91201


Nick Gallagher, Tuesday Grant, Jennifer Lewis, Susannah Snowden-Ifft, Philip Sokoloff, Julia Stier, Caitlin Stoodley.

Production Team:

Director – Rebecca Lynne

Musical Director/Composer – Michael Turnblom

Costume Designer – Melissa Wilson

Lighting Designer – Kassie Winkler

Sound Designer – Jeremy Leung

Stage Manager – Michael Carachure

House Manager – Lisa Bigelow

Publicist – Philip Sokoloff

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.