"The Tempest" is a 10-minute play, written in iambic pentameter, and features Prospera and Miranda. It was through Prospera’s evil sister Antonia, the two were forced to leave Milan, 11 years earlier on a leaky boat. Prospera, once the Duchess of Milan, was usurped by her greedy sister Antonia. Prospera and Miranda arrived on an island where the only inhabitants were Calabania and Ariel, a fairy who had been trapped in a tree by Calabania’s late mother Sycorax. Freeing Ariel, Prospera makes her a servant as she does with Calabania. No one but Prospera and Calabania can see the sprite Ariel even though Miranda has always sensed an extra presence on the island.
On their way home from Queen Alonsa’s daughter’s wedding, Prospera causes a storm to break apart Queen Alonsa’s ship that together with her son Ferdinand and Antonia crawl unto the island. They notice their clothing is dry which is very odd and sense the island is magical. Miranda meets Ferdinand and they fall in love. Prospera is very hesitant of the match; however, in the end sees Ferdinand truly loves her daughter. "The Tempest" is about freedom and how each character achieves that freedom. Ideal for production, "The Tempest" with its cast of seven: six females and one male allow students to speak in iambic pentameter, conveying the meaning of the story with the inflection of their voices. This show delights audiences with its humor and poetry.