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The Tempest {weeks 6 | 7 | 8 }



Who is Shakespeare to this group?

He’s a man that has brought about some form of inspiration. But even that is a little too ambiguous. He’s someone who influenced the English language more than most modern people know or acknowledge. He is someone who has been studied for entire lifetimes and someone who remains a new discovery everyday.

He is, simply, a storyteller. He wove tales about life in all it’s qualities.




What is Steampunk?

It is a subgenera of science-fiction where Victorian aesthetics, values, and technology became our future.

“If you think Victorian, with lots of finery and detail, and combine that with ray guns, that’s Steampunk,” said Michelle Glazer, Barrington’s assistant site director. “It’s like a Victorian idea of what the future might be. It’s very fantastical, with lots of whimsy.” The literary works of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Mary Shelley are prime examples of the Steampunk mindset. Director Tim Burton’s films, like “Lemony Snicket,” are Steampunk. So was the TV show “Wild, Wild West.” “It’s where fiction, fact and fantasy intersect,”  ~ Roswell Neighbor Article


How in the world do these two ideas merge?

Because the creative force behind NFDC is a little crazy. But the right kind of crazy. The biggest mission of this group is to make Shakespeare more accessible to a modern audience. Steampunk is an entire subculture with far reaching themes. There wouldn’t be many animated features, television shows and designs if Steampunk had not influenced the world. So why not combine two great things together. It’s what NFDC does with every show.How in the world do these two ideas merge?






 How has the show affected the people who are putting it all this magic together?

It varies. The creative force is there everyday striving for a continual goal of another spectacular show topping the last. The cast comes to put all their energy into creating new people for you to fall in love with. Or to hate. Or pity.

But mostly think.  And understand.

Everyone has their part, whether they knew what it was a few weeks ago or not, all the independent aspects are being sewn together in the last two weeks of the production. The creative force, which was subtle at first, is now flowering as spring arrives and natures blooms along with the show. Each cast member has their own life outside the show, obviously. Designers, freelancers, performers, teachers, etc… They all make it a priority to calmer away from the rest of their life to create something together as a family. Though, a rather avant-garde family.

And just as any family, there are many personalities. Personalities, by nature will clash. Everyone brings their own life lessons to the t

able as part of the entire experience to inform the entirety of the show. What is so wonderful about this family, they know the value of communication and solve their own issues with out drama.

What’s left to be done?

Honestly, not much. Though the pictures might tell and different tale. The show opens in two days.
Two Days.
The adventure is almost complete. There have been two previews, one at STEAMfest and one at the Georgia Ramble where audience caught a glimpse of what is to come.
What’s left to make this experience amazing in every meaning of the word?





Come out and see what this group has been working tirelessly for two months to create. Hundreds of hours have been clocked in the making of the show. Weekends sacrificed, relationships put on hold, sunburns, wind, rain, and cold were conquered for this production. The only gratification this little community theater has is a full house. There’s an entire lawn to fill.

All they need is you.

Come see the show. 

“What fates impose, that men must needs abide;
It boots not to resist both wind and tide.”



{Beginnings}   |   {Week 1}    |   {Week 2}   |   {Week 3}   |   {Week 4&5}

The Tempest {week4/5}

{video, text: +jo photos: +jo and Thomas Strickland}


I’m sure visitors to Barrington Hall in Roswell are wondering what on earth is being constructed behind the historic house. A monstrous set is looming over the lawn where, on most nights, a group gathers to stick together a larger-than-life concept.  North Fulton Drama Club has certainly stepped up to the task of creating their version of Shkespear’s Tempest. The cast and crew is working tirelessly to create a piece of {steam powered} magic for you.

Games of trust, actors constructing, constructors acting, and everything in-between. It’s what community theater is all about. These people congregate nigh after night, week after week in hopes that they can share a story with the world. A story as fleeting as a blink of your eye.

Take a look at their journey:









Next up in this series: meeting the people behind this project and those that will appear on stage.

 ”Silence is the perfectest herald of joy; I were but little happy, if I could say how much.”




{Beginnings}   |   {Week 1}    |   {Week 2}   |   {Week 3}   |   {Week 4&5}

The Tempest {week 3}

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{Photos, words, video by +jo | music by the piano guys}

This week was intense. So many things happened… I think I should break it down into different parts. Are you ready?
Here we go. 

{Rehearsal }

There is always a beginning to every journey. This group of people fearlessly barged past any notion of trepidation and threw themselves into this project full force. My kind of people. This week was filled with building the basic blocking of every scene. You need a skeleton before the fibrous muscles can take root to form the meat of anything.


What is wonderful and very unique about this group is the honest feeling of security everyone shares.  They come together to create. No bickering, no politics, no outside nonsense. It seems to be a rare bird nowadays but this group has captured it effortlessly.



{Kudzu Bugs}

Did you know about these guys? Because they started out as just a couple… then the next day there were dozens more… and by the weekend they had taken over the property. It was insane how thickly they covered the almost everything. It’s no wonder because they are attracted to white and the giant house that is know as Barrington Hall is white. No one could escape them. They were there and trying to take over. Everything.



{Costuming Bonanza!}

Nikki and Alyssa went on another shopping spree. With certain events coming up very quickly the group really has to step their game up and start constructing the costumes. I think I’ve said this before, but it must be said again. They make the costumes by hand. Every time. That’s a different kind of crazy. But also the kind of crazy that brings together amazing people.




Converting, drawing, mapping, measuring, cutting, pinning, scheming and dreaming.  These ladies know how to manipulate life into magical things.



{Set Construction}

Now here’s a doozy for you. This is an outdoor theater production. So on Saturday these dedicated thespians gathered to get down and dirty to build the set from the ground up. Only a few basic platform were previously constructed. The rest is brand new to this show. The trick to all of this will be the weather-proofing. Because, you know, mother nature doesn’t always like to cooperate with us silly humans.

This set is going to be amazing. I can’t wait for you to see it. Heck, I can’t wait to see it. There are some epic things on the way. If you are a fan of theater, Shakespeare, steampunk, sci-fi, or just life – this show is for you.





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And if you didn’t get you fill through the photos, check out the video that covers many more moments from this past week of work.


North Fulton Drama Club really knows how to put on a show.

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I have had a dream, past the wit of man to
say what dream it was.




{Beginnings}   |   {Week 1}    |   {Week 2}   |   {Week 3}   |   {Week 4&5}