Education Tour
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Adapted by Michael B. Perkins from Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V
Defying his father King Henry IV of England, the young Prince Hal chooses to hang out at Mistress Quickly’s tavern with the fun-loving knight Falstaff and friends. Faced with his father’s imminent death and the need for a solid ruler on the throne, Hal must choose between his “fun” life with Falstaff and his duty to his father and country, which faces threats at home and abroad.

Adapted by Michael B. Perkins
Rosalind falls in love with Orlando and then is suddenly banished by her uncle, Duke Frederick. Disguised as a boy named Ganymede, Rosalind, her cousin Celia, and Touchstone, the court’s fool, escape to the Forest of Arden where they happen upon Orlando fleeing the wrath of his elder brother. “Ganymede” promises Orlando that “he” can teach him how to win Rosalind’s heart, and the fun begins!


Shakespeare on Bullying
Many of Shakespeare’s characters are bullies. Using examples from the productions visiting your school and other familiar plays, the Festival’s trained Actors/Teaching Artists provide a safe environment for students to examine and discuss bullying behavior. With on-your-feet role-playing activities, students discover how understanding and empathy relates to diffusing bullying.

Playing with Shakespeare’s Language
Shakespeare wrote plays to be performed! This workshop enables students to understand how Shakespeare used poetry, prose, rhythm, and sound as a foundation for character development and dramatic action. By having fun playing with the Bard’s language, students unlock the character clues and story details packed into his plays.


Education Tour: FAMILY OF KINGS – 2014


Education Tour: AS YOU LIKE IT – 2014


Cast of Characters

Family of Kigns As You Like It
Khnemu Menu-Ra* Henry V Orlando
Michael B. Perkins Henry IV / Dauphin / Bardolph Oliver / Jaques / Touchstone / Silvius
Whit Reichert* Falstaff / Chorus Duke Senior / Duke Frederick / Corin
Laura Sexauer Worcester / Quickly / Traveler / Williams Rosalind / Amiens
Susie Wirthlin Hotspur / Poins / Westmoreland Celia / Phebe / Audrey / Adam


Khnemu Menu-RaKhnemu Menu-Ra* is excited to return to St. Louis for a fifth season with the SFSTL Education Tour. An Oklahoma City native, Khnemu spent four seasons touring in premier productions such as “Quick-Brewed Macbeth” (Macbeth), “Trippingly Hamlet” (Hamlet), “Shrew in a Few” (Petruchio), and “Cruel to Be Kind?”, originating the role of Oswaldo. Khnemu has also appeared on the Festival mainstage in Richard III and The Merry Wives of Windsor,…

Michael B PerkinsMichael B. Perkins has been touring with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis since 2007, and he is honored to return for his eighth tour. Michael is a local freelance theatre artist, working primarily with SFSTL as an actor, director, designer, and teaching artist for summer camps, after-school programs, and Shakespeare Squadron, the Festival’s advanced teen ensemble. He designed video for SFSTL productions…

Whit ReichertWhit Reichert* is very happy to be joining The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis Education Tour. He has appeared in 5 main stage productions for The Festival, most recently as Brabantio in Othello. The other productions were A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Richard III and Hamlet. Whit has worked with most of the professional theatres in St. Louis including The Muny, Stages, The Black Rep,…

Laura SexauerLaura Sexauer is honored to return for her third year as a member of the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Education Tour. Favorite roles in previous tour seasons include Desdemona in “Othello in a Breath,” Viola/Feste in “Quick Delight Twelfth Night” and Penelope Bundle in “Cruel to Be Kind?” In 2011, she portrayed the Haberdasher and the Widow in the main stage Festival production of the Taming of the Shrew.

Susie WirthlinSusie Wirthlin is a St. Louis native, and is thrilled to be back performing in her hometown. Susie spent the past four years earning her BFA in Acting from Millikin University in Decatur, IL. Susie worked this past summer with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey as an Acting Apprentice, where she performed in their outdoor production of As You Like It. She has worked as a Teaching Artist in St. Louis with Center of Creative Arts…

*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association

Creative Team

SITS-Drew-Battles-webDrew Battles (Director, Family of Kings) is pleased to be making his St. Louis directorial debut with the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour, having recently arrived to this great city with his wife, Joanna, and son, Quincy. Regional credits include The Seafarer (Sharky) and Opus (Alan) at Southern Repertory Theatre; Macbeth (Macbeth) and King Lear (Egar) at New Orleans Shakespeare Fest at Tulane;…

Rick DildineRick Dildine (Director, As You Like It) is the Artistic / Executive Director of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Since his arrival in 2009, the Festival has more than doubled its programming, increased attendance over 30%, and won numerous accolades for its innovative programs and approaches to theatre making. For the Festival he directed the 2013 production of Twelfth Night and created the highly successful…

Teresa DoggettTeresa Doggett (Costume Design) has worked in St. Louis as both an actor and costume designer for over 20 years and has designed costumes for the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Educational Tour for the past 8 years. Acting credits include The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, StrayDog Theatre, St. Louis Shakespeare, The New Jewish Theatre, HotCity, STLAS, ACT Inc and many others. She was a member of…

Patrick HuberPatrick Huber (Set Design) studied Design at Webster University and Dramatic Literature at Washington University. He has designed the Touring sets for Shakespeare Festival’s “Othello in a Breath”, “Shrew in a Few” and “Cruel to be Kind?” In addition to his work on the last 5 seasons as Resident Designer for Union Avenue Opera, he has been the resident scene and lighting designer for the Orthwein Theatre Company,…

Emily ClingerEmily Clinger* (Stage Manager) is delighted to return for her third year on the SFSTL Education Tour. Locally, she has stage managed at Upstream Theater, The New Jewish Theater, Winter Opera St. Louis, and The Playhouse at Westport. Regional credits include The Old Creamery Theatre, Charleston Stage, Triad Stage, and Heritage Repertory Festival. Emily is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia and a member of Actor’s Equity Association.