The Tempest—and 11 tons of sand—coming to Wellesley

Wellesley Theatre Project’s edition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest to be performed this month will feature 12 students between the ages of 11 and 15, and nearly 1 ton of sand per each cast member.

One of Shakespeare’s last plays, The Tempest takes place in a single day on a deserted island—a 22,000-pound island in the Wellesley Theatre Project’s case.

The show will run from Oct. 24-27 at the Wellesley Community Center,  219 Washington St., in Wellesley Hills. It will take place at 7pm Oct. 24-26, and 2pm on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online at in advance, or at the door for $18 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

In the play, 12 years before we got to the deserted island stage, Prospero was Duke of Milan. But he left management of his state to his brother Antonio, who took control of Milan himself, and sent Prospero and his baby daughter Miranda out to sea. Now, an angry Prospero seeks revenge – using his powers, with the help of the spirit, Ariel, to create a powerful storm that shipwrecks a boat carrying Antonio and some of his family and friends on an island. What will happen to the characters on the island? Will Prospero get his revenge? Will his daughter, Miranda, find love? Will anyone make it out alive? Attend the show to find out.


the tempest rehearsal
The cast of The Tempest rehearses. From left: Hayden Morken (Adrian/Spirit), Mary Litterio (Gonzalo), Zachary Green (Stephano).