Heartwood Theater will open its summer production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” Friday night, July 15, at the Parker B. Poe Theater of Lincoln Academy, on Academy Hill. Seven performances, including one matinee, will run through Saturday, July 23.

Heartwood’s focus of this magical tale is not entirely on its magic, but also its themes of love, inter-connectedness, self-discovery and redemption. Among those involved are Waldoboro artist Mary Boothby, who has collaborated closely with Heartwood director Griff Braley on numerous productions over the past 12 years. This time, they included a new medium for the look of the set — metal fabric  — that was a little tough to get used to.

“This set really reflects the play — it’s twisty, complicated, disguised and layered — a little creepy, a little magical,” she said.

Providing musical setting are former Midcoast resident Mehuman Johnson, as singer/songwriter and musician; and local bassist Max McFarland, wielding his expertise on his custom-made, 11-string fret-less bass.  Their merging creates a continuous acoustical environment from opening to close.

Heartwood’s production compresses “The Tempest” to 90 minutes. Times and ticket prices vary; for full details, visit heartwoodtheater.org; email info@heartwoodtheater.org; or call 563-1373. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.