Memorize for “The Tempest” Auditions
SPOKEN BY PROSPERO
Now my charms are all o'erthrown,
And what strength I have's mine own,
Which is most faint: now, 'tis true,
I must be here confined by you,
Or sent to Naples. Let me not,
Since I have my dukedom got
And pardon'd the deceiver, dwell
In this bare island by your spell;
But release me from my bands
With the help of your good hands:
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please. Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant,
And my ending is despair,
Unless I be relieved by prayer,
Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself and frees all faults.
As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
Let your indulgence set me free.
Diction- use your mouth and breath to make sure
every word can be understood. Emphasize consonants
Musicality- the poem is in verse, but don’t get sing
-songy. Use the punctuation as a guide to phrasing
Emotion- choose at least two strong emotions to
play as you speak. For example: Love and Grief or
Joy and Pain or Desperation and Anger, etc…Figure
out which phrases you want to match which emotion.
Objective- What do you want the audience to feel?
What are you trying to say to us?
Physicality- Use your body to draw us in to your
emotions. Feel free to move extensively.
Resonance/Power- Remember that
Shakespeare must be powerful. We will be performing
this piece outside without microphones. Use your
breath to fill up thewords and send the sound out
above the audience.