This year, CAST is showcasing Shakespeare's The Tempest to schools, universities and theatres along the east coast of the USA and the Cayman islands.
Prospero has waited through years and across oceans. The loss of her Dukedom in Milan and the betrayal of her brother cannot go unpunished. But as the storms of old politics rise again, lovers take their first embrace and fools plot murder, the clock is ticking - and for Prospero to succeed even spirits above and monsters below must have what they desire.
Gather around our light, and let us tell you the story of Prospero's life.
How we work
CAST is a not-for-profit society at the University of Cambridge. Each year, the planning for the tour starts in November when the next pair of Tour Managers are chosen. Next, students from the university pitch a Shakespeare play to the Tour Managers that they want to direct for CAST. One of these students is then selected to be the director of CAST for the next year. Interviews and auditions are then held for the production team and cast. In 2018, well over 100 students auditioned to be part of The Tempest. At the end of this process, CAST has a full cast and crew ready to prepare one of the best shows that Cambridge produces each year. The planning for the tour is then carried out by the Tour Managers for the next 9 months, which culminates around the beginning of August when rehearsals for the show finally begin. We have one month of intense rehearsals until the show is ready to hit the USA in September.
Then the whole process starts again - to produce even more exciting and challenging shows to take to America.