Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Schools

Shakespeare Festival TourCo. Presents:

A FACEBOOK LIVE-STREAM EVENT 

MARCH 24 @ 8 PM

Tune in for the first-ever Facebook live production of Cymbeline.
Educators: to arrange a screening for your students, please contact Allie at amagee@sfstl.com.

 

THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Daniel Boone Branch w/ SLCL – March 15
Hettenhausen Center for the Arts – March 16
Florissant Valley Branch w/ SLCL – March 31
Grants View Branch w/ SLCL – March 31
Poplar Bluff Library – 
O’Day Park, O’Fallon, MO – April 29
Chesterfield Amphitheater – April 30
St. Charles County Library – May 1

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

Shakespeare Glen, Forest Park
May 8 & 9 @ 8:00 PM
6604 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110 Directions.


 Cymbeline
Written by William Shakespeare; Adapted and Directed by Tom Ridgely

One of Shakespeare’s final plays – and one of his greatest achievements – Cymbeline is a romantic adventure story on an epic scale. It tells the story of Innogen, the princess of Britain, who embarks on a dangerous journey to find her husband and through courage and ingenuity clears her good name.

Combining elements of comedy, tragedy, history and fairy tale, Cymbeline is not only a summation of Shakespeare’s incomparable career but a dazzling piece of showmanship that culminates in one of the most masterful final scenes of revelation and reconciliation in the canon.

Featuring an inventive and energetic company of six actors, the ShakespeareFestival TourCo’s production offers a fast-paced, easy-to-understand performance of this underappreciated gem that revels in all the unbridled theatricality of a writer pushing the boundaries of what a play can be.

Living Study Guide:

Instead of students entering a space and watching a show the students will be greeted by the actors and led through discussion and activity before the show begins to increase the audience’s performance literacy. How do we decipher, understand, and analyze a performance that you are unfamiliar with? How do we as audience members know which part of the performance is most important to understanding and enjoyment? The TourCo will walk audiences through skill level appropriate exercises and discussion topics to break down the mystique and foreignness of Shakespeare’s plays and language. The performance of the show that follows will be appropriately set up for the audience in a unique way designed to provide definitions, vocabulary preview, authorial information, and structural patterns.


CAST

Hannah Geisz (Innogen) fell in love with Shakespeare when this very education tour came to her elementary school. She is beyond thrilled to be working with a company so close to her heart, and would like to thank the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for inspiring her and now including her in their mission. Past Credits Include: My Fair Lady (Ensemble), Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs), and Mary Poppins (Ensemble) with Ozark Actors Theatre. King Lear (Cordelia) with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 8-week Performance Intensive in London. Into the Woods (Sleeping Beauty/Teen Ensemble) with The MUNY in St. Louis.

Britteny Henry (Cymbeline/Cornelius) is very excited to be back on tour with SFSTL! Britteny is an actress and director well known to the STL theatre community. She was most recently seen on stage this past summer at Ozark Actors Theatre in King Lear (Goneril), and shortly before that she was director for the new Independent Theater Company (Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls…), for which she is also the Artistic Director. Britteny has also toured with Metro Theatre Company as Mom in New Kid (2016), and most recently with Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles, visiting schools all over MO teaching kids the importance of brushing & flossing. Hi Mom!

Mary Heyl (Posthumus/Cloten) is a St. Louis native and has fond memories of seeing the SFSTL Education Tour’s production of The Tempest at her school when she was little. She is so grateful to be passing on her love of theatre with this production. She is a proud cast member of Comedy Sportz STL and production assistant for Theatre Unlimited at the Jewish Community Center. Some favorite roles include Cassio in Othello (Festival 56), Marmee in Little Women (Festival 56), and Brutus in Julius Caesar (Millikin University). Mary would like to thank Tom and Adam for this opportunity and God for the ability.  

Keating (Iachimo/Arviragus) is a theatre artist in St. Louis. Keating is the Co-Artistic Director of Poor Monsters and the Communications Director at ERA. They are so excited to be back at SFSTL after performing in Love’s Labors Lost in the park this past summer, and Into The Breeches in 2018. Recently, they appeared in Whammy (YoungLiars) and Well (Mustard Seed Theatre). Keating created and directed Classic Mystery Game (SATE) and Or What You Will, The Third (Poor Monsters). Much love to Janet and Freddie!

Halli Pattison (Pisanio/Guiderius) is thrilled to be performing with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. A recent graduate from Saint Louis University, some of her favorite roles include Eurydice (Eurydice), Célimène (The Misanthrope), and Cecily Cardew (The Importance of Being Earnest).

 

 

Jenni Ryan* (Belarius/Queen) was last seen as Olympe de Gouges in The Revolutionists. Other favorite roles include M’Lynn (Steel Magnolias); Jen (John and Jen); Charlotte (Moon Over Buffalo); Sarah Daniels (Spinning into Butter); Shelby (The Spitfire Grill); Sarah (Time Stands Still); Faye (Chapter Two); Tessie Tura (Gypsy); Rosemary (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying); Alex (On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning); Ilona (She Loves Me); and Gloria (Grace & Glorie), which earned her a Kevin Kline Award. Member, AEA. Jenni is thrilled to be here to share some “Will” power.


CREATIVE TEAM

Tom Ridgely (Director) has been the Executive Producer of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis since 2018. A Drama Desk-nominated director, he has developed or presented work at the Public Theater, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Society, Red Bull and more. He’s worked with Tony nominees Sting, Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Osnes, Will Swenson, Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin and others, and his productions have won DFW Theater Critics Forum and ECNY Awards and been nominated for CT Critics Circle and BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards.

Tre’von “Tre G” Griffith (Music Director) Saint Louis native, Tre’von “Tre G” Griffith is the co-founder & producing director of TLT Productions. Tre’von graduated with a master’s degree in Global Entertainment and Music Business from Berklee College of Music campus in Valencia, Spain. He has performed and been apart of the creative team in many productions at COCA, St. Louis Black Rep, Metro Theater Company, STAGES St. Louis and tours with the world-renowned Harlem Gospel Choir. Tre’von served as director of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change which premiered in Xi’an, China during 2014. He currently serves as a Teaching Artist at Pianos for People and COCA. Tre’von stands behind his commitment to support the development of the arts & artists of color in St. Louis and surrounding areas. tregmusic.com 

Emily Clinger* (Stage Manager) returns for her ninth year with the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour. Regional stage management credits include New Jewish Theater, Upstream Theater, Arrow Rock Lyceum, The Old Creamery Theatre, Charleston Stage, Triad Stage, and Heritage Repertory Festival. She recently made her directorial debut at The Playhouse at Westport. Emily is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and a proud graduate of the University of Virginia. Please help her cat become an internet sensation by following him on Instagram @SirWadsworthSTL.

Michele Friedman Siler (Costume Design) In addition to working with the Shakespeare Festival’s Education Tour, Michele’s recent design credits include A Streetcar Names Desire for the Tennessee Williams Festival, New Jerusalem, Never The Sinner, Intimate Apparel, for New Jewish Theatre, The Tempest, Cardenio, The Heir Apparent, for St. Louis Shakespeare,  Infected, A Human Being Died That Night, The Death of Atahualpa, for Upstream Theatre,  and Blithe Spirit, Waiting for Godot for St. Louis Actors’ Studio.

Laura Skroska (Props Master)  is excited to be returning for her second SFSTL Education Tour. Laura studied technical theatre at Northwestern University and SIU-Edwardsville, and received her MFA in Painting from Fontbonne University. Laura is currently the Assistant Technical Director for the New Jewish Theatre. She has also worked as Props Master for Union Avenue Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Mustard Seed Theatre, and Gateway Center for Performing Arts. In addition, Laura has worked as a Scenic Painter for Fontbonne University, Mustard Seed Theatre, and New Jewish Theatre. She would like to thank her husband and family for their support.


Sponsors

Education Tour visits to rural communities are sponsored by The Bayer Fund.

The Education Tour also receives generous support from the Gateway Foundation, Saigh Foundation, UMB Bank, and First Bank.