Theatre at Saint Joseph Catholic High School

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Memorize for “The Tempest” Auditions



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.  

Think BIG!


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