Daisy Jacobsen on Dennis Kleinsmith's shoulders in a Final Bow of the Tempest

Local special needs child gets opportunity to shine!

Who: Daisy Jacobsen and Auburn Regional Theatre

What: Introduces her maiden performance in Auburn Regional Theatre’s Premiere Season, performing in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest

When: September 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30th. Fridays & Saturdays show starts at 8:00 pm, and Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm.

Where: Performances will be held at Auburn Riverside High School Theatre, 501 Oravetz Road, SE, Auburn WA 98092.

Please call 253-929-6680 for tickets or See our website at www.auburnregionaltheatre.org. Email: info@auburnregionaltheatre.org for more information.

Special needs children don’t often have the opportunity to be included in the theater, but Daisy Jacobsen, a 10-yr old from Kent, has been given this special gift, active participation in the newly developed Auburn Regional Theatre. Daisy was born 3 months premature, and weighed less than 2 pounds at birth. She has cerebral palsy and numerous developmental delays, but this hasn’t kept her from wanting to pursue her dream of being an actress and singer.

Auburn Regional Theatre opened its premier season with The Tempest, on Friday, September 21. The production runs through September 30th, 2007. The Tempest is Shakespeare’s glorious portrayal of romance, repentance and reconciliation, all revealed on Prospero’s magical island. It’s a delightful night of sprites, monsters, and magic. This production is being presented at the Auburn Riverside High School Theatre, sponsored by the Auburn Regional Theatre, City of Auburn, 4Culture and Columbia Bank.

The company invited Daisy with hopes of providing an atmosphere of diversity, mutual learning and growth for the entire community. A trend that Artistic Director Jacqueline Edwards hopes will continue in the future. “It’s amazing how the cast has found a way to blend everyone’s talents and abilities in a way that allows the show to flow without any limits.” Said Edwards. “We feel that live performance opportunities can give people of all abilities the opportunity to share their talents and develop live art together for the mutual benefit of the entire community.” The company desires to include Daisy and others with special needs in the next production, Narnia: the Musical.

The cast has accepted Daisy with open arms. Dennis Kleinsmith, Prospero, has chosen to share his curtain call with Daisy. The lead actor carries her in on his shoulder to take their bows. This was an incredible moment for both Daisy and her mother, Gabby Jacobsen, “I had tears in my eyes the night I first saw this most precious gift, for Daisy to be truly accepted on her own abilities and to have a real professional actor want to honor my daughter for her accomplishments.”

The cast is made up of several well- known actors with regional and national stage experience. Dennis Kleinsmith plays Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan and self-made wizard who brings depth and understanding to the role as his character controls the events on the Island. With the help of Ariel, Don Pitsch, a spirit of the wind who helps stir up a magical storm known as “The Tempest”. This device is used to shipwreck the group of noblemen who stranded Prospero and his daughter, Miranda (Kimberly Gardina) on the tropical Isle.

Also under Prospero’s control is island monster, Caliban portrayed by Jeff Pierson, who serves as the wizard’s slave. This creature enlists the help of a few of the king’s men to devise a plan to kill Prospero and gain control of the island.

The twists and turns of the plot, brilliant dialogue and humor first penned by William Shakespeare is understood by all audience members as the actors work together to recount the tale. Creative and formally-trained director, Jacqueline Edwards uses a positive and cooperative process to help develop staging that will delight crowds of all ages. A graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Pacific Lutheran University, she has taken on the task of direction, costume design, music arrangement and theatre Artistic Director.

Among the cast is a talented group of 13 kids from the local area and region who helped create the atmosphere and scenes in the show by playing spirits or sprites of the Island. Stephanie Cox, Owner of Children’s Dance Theater, board member and production choreographer helped design a creative interpretation of the music arranged by Edwards and the text by Shakespeare.

Please call 253-929-6680 from 12pm to 5pm Monday-Friday to purchase tickets. Adults $20.00 each. Seniors 55+, students and Military $15.00 each. Kids 12 years and under $12.00 each. Groups of 5 or more call for special discounts. See our website at www.auburnregionaltheatre.org or email at info@experience-art.org for more information.

The company will also be presenting, Narnia, the Musical November 30-December 16th, 2007 at the Theatre at Auburn Mountainview High School and Kiss Me Kate, April 18-27th. 2008.

The Auburn Regional Theatre was founded in April of 2007 by theatre professionals with a vision to keep Auburn, South King County and North East Pierce County regions alive with the wonderful experience of live performance.

Shown in the picture: Ariel- Daisy and Dennis Kleinsmith as Prospero.

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Amanda Ekman says ... on Wednesday, Sep 26 at 12:06 PM

YAY Daisy!! I am so proud of you! The performance of The Tempest was FANTASTIC!!! Definately worth seeing!

Uncle Matt says ... on Wednesday, Sep 26 at 3:44 PM

You lit up the stage, YOUR A STAR... Can I get your autograph? Love you lots XOXO

kayleigh says ... on Thursday, Mar 12 at 5:55 PM

hi daisy! we were friends at sunny crest ! do you remember me?

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