Shakespeare Festival St Louis - Green Show


The Green Show creates an environment for pre-show picnickers to enjoy light entertainment while breaking bread with family and friends. Shakespeare festivals around the country craft the show to fit local interests. At Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, our 90-minute Green Show includes a wide variety of local entertainers, a family activity area, the Bard’s Buzz presentation which includes a summary and character outline of the play, and on Fridays only, a 25-minute version of the mainstage show performed by members of the Shakespeare Squadron.

Green Show entertainment kicks off at 6:30, so there is plenty of reason to join us early in the Glen!

Check back in 2018 for details on next season’s Green Show!

The “Mini Play” and Bard’s Buzz

Performed by members of the Shakespeare Squadron, the Festival’s training program for young actors, the “Mini Play” is a 25-minute adaptation of The Winter’s Tale that introduces the audience to the play’s characters and plot. Enjoy this preview of the mainstage performance on Fridays only on the Green Show stage.  The mini-play begins at 7:15 on Fridays.

In addition to the mini-play, be sure to check out the Nightly Bard’s Buzz, which includes a summary and character outline of the play, beginning nightly at 6:30.

Backstage Tour

Free backstage tours begin at 6:30 PM and last approximately 20 minutes. Get a behind-the-scenes view of the Festival, chat with stage crew, get a peek in the sound/lighting tent and maybe visit with an actor preparing for the performance. School and community groups can arrange private tours – email to set up your group tour.

Family Art Activities

Families with children are invited to join us for a variety of The Winter’s Tale-themed crafts, such as making crowns and capes, creating musical instruments, or constructing Shakespearean puppets! Children participating in the activities must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are interested in becoming a Green Show entertainer for future seasons, please email Jennifer Wintzer at