Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Schools

Education Tour

A performance of Shakespeare by our touring ensemble will dazzle your students, inspiring them to read, respond, reflect, discuss, and write. Our touring productions, workshops, and study materials have a 16-year legacy of success, including awards and accolades from educators throughout Missouri and beyond. Learn More

2019 Touring Productions

January 29 – April 14, 2019
Performances are 50 minutes long, followed by a Q&A with the actors for up to 20 minutes.


The Last Cupcake
Written by Nancy Bell; directed by Michael James Reed (recommended for grades K-5)

If the Baker doesn’t pay the bills quick, the Bill Collector will close the Bakery! While he frantically tries to bake enough cupcakes to keep his business open, he has to contend with a very demanding birthday boy and some magically-appearing fairy tale characters. Worst of all, one of his cupcakes comes to life and starts all sorts of trouble!  A folktale set in the modern world, with plenty of laughs, a little bit of math, and a gentle message about sharing resources. Inspired by two traditional folktales, The Magic Porridge Pot and The Gingerbread Man. Themes: Kindness, Sharing, Economic concepts of scarcity, consumption and production.

Adapted and directed by Joanna Battles (recommended for grades 6-12)

The mysterious prophecy of three witches inspires Macbeth and his wife to gain the crown at all costs. Corrupted by extreme ambition and unchecked power, Macbeth stops at nothing to achieve his goals, murdering first the King, and then anyone who will stand in his way. Despite his own growing doubts about the morality of his actions, he heedlessly drives himself to his own inevitable destruction. A play about an evil ruler and the heroic citizens who ultimately prevail against him. Themes highlighted: power, ambition, courage, fate vs. free will, appearances vs. reality.

Staging Requirements:
• A 20′ x 20′ clear stage or performance space (floor), at least 10′ clearance • At least one functional electrical outlet
• Two dressing rooms/private spaces for the performers • Adequate space for the audience to sit comfortably

2019 Student Workshops

To Thine Own Self Be True: Character Education with Shakespeare

Using key principles of character education, our teaching actors will guide students through hands-on, experiential activities to explore the moral dilemmas of a variety of characters. Students will construct understanding around ethical and civic values such as respect, integrity, courage, justice, perseverance, and self-discipline within the context of both folk tales and Shakespeare’s plays.

Trippingly on the Tongue: Playing with Shakespeare’s Language

Get ready to get on your feet because Shakespeare’s plays are meant to be performed! Through the use of voice and movement, students will engage in a theatrical approach to understanding poetry, prose, rhythm, and sound.

Shakespeare: See it! Read it! Write it! (Week-Long Residency)

Now that you have seen the play, you can write your own! Through storytelling techniques and physical theater activities, students will use the themes from the play to create a mini-play in their own words. Using performance as an entry point to the literary arts, our teaching actors will help students build their literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
*Ask about how this residency can be designed as a single, stand-alone session (50 minutes).

Workshop Details:
• Limited to 90 students per session (in three groups of thirty). • Three separate spaces are required where students can move about freely.
• Multiple workshops can be scheduled to accommodate your entire student body.


Generous support from the Festival’s sponsors and individual donors allows us to offer activities and performances at a discount of over 50% the actual cost.

One performance or workshop: $595
Two or more same-day activities: Save 10% on total price
Beyond 50 miles of St. Louis: Mileage, lodging, and per diem fees apply


For questions and tour booking, contact Marketing Manager Allie Magee.

The Festival is proud to be a part of the Missouri Arts Council’s Missouri Touring Program, which provides funding support for in-school performances. Visit for details and guidelines. We would be happy to assist you with your application.


Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Education Tour is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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

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