May 7, 2017

The theatre circus Tall Ship marooned in St. Petersburg, FL.

A self-fulfilling performance.
St. Petersburg, Florida, May 5, 2017 – The Captain of Amara Zee & Creator of Nomadic Tempest shared with the crew and performers several months ago, in light of the current political climate, that his stories inevitably portend a future reality. He admitted, the belief that this story- NOMADIC TEMPEST; one of refugees, migration and the rising, angry Seas is freakishly relevant now, more than ever. And here is proof…
The Gulf of Mexico has been in a state of confusion with low pressure systems, strong winds, higher than normal waves and currents strong and reversed, the past two weeks. These unusual conditions, for this time of year, have meant delaying the departure of the 90 ft. Tall Ship Amara Zee, since April 22, 2017.
After a series of successful shows premiered in the City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA April 4-15 2017, the performers transitioned to crew and packed away Nomadic Tempest aboard Amara Zee, in preparation for a routine 7-day voyage to New Orleans, Louisiana. Watching and waiting for a large enough window to make passage. Late Monday evening, May 1st, the Ship cast off into The Gulf of Mexico heading for Carrabelle, Florida on the Florida’s panhandle; a trip made several times in the past by Amara Zee. After 11 hours of making steady headway, the winds quickly changed from SE to N 18 hours earlier than forecasted. With wind on our nose, clouds building in the distance and waves building to 2-3 ft and 9 ft. predicted, the ship turned 180° and reluctantly motored back to St. Petersburg, FL.
This is no ordinary Tall Ship. Amara Zee, a flat-bottomed replica of a Thames River Sailing Barge is home to the Caravan Stage Company, a collective of 19 performers and crew, expected in New Orleans, LA. by May 10th in order to fulfill commitments to perform from May 17th to the 21st, at Pontchartrain Landing.
Fortunately, Amara Zee is being graciously hosted by Harborage Marina in Bayboro Harbour, FL. The Company is seeking similar accommodations along the Intra-Coastal Waterway towards Tarpon Springs, Florida. in order to creep the coastline, in between weather fronts, towards New Orleans, LA.
The Caravan Stage Company, created in Victoria, BC in 1970, by Paul Kirby and Adriana Kelder, is a professional non-profit theatre company travelling and performing with a diverse cast; creating original experimental theatre & opera, encompassing the themes of civil rights and environmental justice.  The Caravan began as the World’s Only Horse Drawn Theatre Company- the one wagon puppet show traveling throughout Vancouver Island grew to become a major theatrical organization with a 25 person company of actors, musicians, artists and technicians touring in six large wagons pulled by a team of Clydesdale horses.
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