Education Tour



Adapted and directed by Shanara Gabrielle (Approx. 50min. All Ages.)
Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedy set in an enchanted forest outside ancient Athens. You never know what you will find in a world of young lovers, amateur actors, lords & ladies… and magical fairies. Falling in and out of love can be difficult, especially when Puck pulls the strings! DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE

Adapted and directed by Joanna Battles (Approx. 50min. Grades 7 – 12.)
Many consider Hamlet to be the greatest play in Shakespeare’s canon. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is visited by his father’s ghost, who charges his son with avenging his murder. Melancholy and a bit mad, Hamlet devotes himself to revenge, but at what cost? Family relationships, poison, betrayal, secrecy, and sword fights are in store in this exciting production of one of the Bard’s greatest tragedies! DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE

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Cast of Characters

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Hamlet
Caroline Amos Puck/Theseus Hamlet
Aaron Orion Baker Demetrius/Bottom Claudius/Polonius
Xavier Bleuel Lysander/Oberon Laertes/1st Player
Faith Servant Titania/Hermia Ophelia/Horatio
Laura Sexauer Helena/Quince Gertrude


Caroline AmosCaroline Amos (Puck/Theseus; Hamlet) was most recently seen in The Snow Queen at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Professional credits include Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula), Troilus & Cressida (Thersites) at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Good In Everything with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. She is a recent graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster…

Aaron Orion BakerAaron Orion Baker* (Demetrius/Bottom; Claudius/Polonius) most recently appeared in Sight Unseen with the New Jewish Theatre and One Man, Two Guv’nors with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Favorite credits include Waiting for Godot (St. Louis Actors Studio), Good People, The Comedy of Errors (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), The Diviners (Ozark Actors’ Theatre), Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), Awake and Sing!, The Good Doctor

Xavier BleuelXavier Bleuel (Lysander/Oberon; Laertes/1st Player) is excited to join the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour ensemble after graduating from the University of Louisville this past December. Xavier was most recently seen in Topdog/Underdog (Booth) at the Belknap Playhouse in Louisville, KY. Favorite credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (Berowne) and The Winter’s Tale (Florizel/Bear) at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. In Louisville, KY…

Faith ServantFaith Servant (Titania/Hermia; Ophelia/Horatio) was most recently seen as Esther in Intimate Apparel at Heartland Theatre Company. Other favorite credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labor’s Won (Katherine), Antony and Cleopatra (Iras), Elizabeth Rex (Lady Mary Stanley) and Richard II (Lady) at Illinois Shakespeare Festival. She is a recent graduate of Illinois State University’s MFA Acting Program, as well as a graduate of Kenyon College….

Laura SexauerLaura Sexauer (Helena/Quince; Gertrude) is a St. Louis based actress and violinist of 23 years. This season will be her fifth in the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour ensemble. Favorite tour roles include Antony and Cleopatra (Cleopatra), Othello (Desdemona) and As You Like It (Rosalind). In 2011, Laura appeared in the Festival’s Mainstage production of The Taming of the Shrew (Haberdasher/Widow). She recently performed in A Christmas Carol (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre)…

*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association

Creative Team

Joanna BattlesJoanna Battles (Director, Hamlet) is a professional actor and director, as well as a voice, speech and dialect coach for theatre and film. Joanna serves as an Assistant Professor of Voice & Speech at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Prior to her relocation to St. Louis, she was the Co-Head of the undergraduate program of Theatre at Louisiana State University where she taught Voice, Speech, Acting classes in the MFA and undergraduate Acting programs….

Shanara GabrielleShanara Gabrielle (Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is a Midwest-based artist working in a wide variety of theatrical mediums, interested in finding these arts’ points of intersection and discovering news ways to shape the future of the American Theatre. Ms. Gabrielle’s directing credits include: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); The Tempest (Webster Conservatory, Movement Director); Inspired by: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Emily ClingerEmily Clinger* (Stage Manager) returns for her fifth year with the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis 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 Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, The Old Creamery Theatre, Charleston Stage, Triad Stage, and Heritage Repertory Festival. Emily is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Blank-SquarePeter and Margery Spack (Scenic Design) made their Shakespeare Fesitval St. Louis debut this year with with Tales of Shakespeare. Recently, they have designed scenery for Safe House and Freud’s Last Session at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; The Sunshine Boys, Shlemiel the First, Old Jews Telling Jokes and My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding at The New Jewish Theatre. They work in broadcast news,…

Felia MayFelia Katherine Davenport (Costume Design) holds a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MFA in Costume Design from University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has won awards for her work from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and Southeastern Theatre Conference, and her work was recognized at USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology). She has…

Michael B PerkinsMichael B. Perkins (Sound Design) is the Education and Community Programs Manager for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and also designs sound and video locally. Recent projects include 9 Parts of Desire (UMSL), And In This Corner…Cassius Clay (Metro Theater Co.), The World Begun (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Shakespeare in the Streets—Old North), Wagner’s 4-part Der Ring des Nibelungen (Union Avenue Opera), De Kus

Rai FeltmannRai Feltmann (Props Master) was born and raised in Washington, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Conservatory of Theater Arts at Webster University, and was the Props Master for Webster University’s​​ The Winter’s Tale and Lady Windermere’s Fan. She was also the scenic designer for several shows at Webster University including Eurydice, Top Girls, and The Receptionist. Recently, she was employed at STAGES St. Louis…