Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Schools
Additional support from our partners:
Sponsor - UMB - 250

First Bank

John R. Goodall Charitable Trust


A performance of Shakespeare by our touring ensemble will dazzle your students, inspiring them to read, respond, reflect, discuss, and write.

Our 2014 Touring Productions

Monday, February 3, 2014 – Friday, May 9, 2014

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. All this as the charismatic, hot-tempered Hotspur rebels against the crown, and war with France looming across the seas. Will Hal rise up to royalty or continue to revel with ruffians? Father/son relationships, the rebelliousness of youth, and the nature of honor are some of the themes examined in this historical epic.

Most appreciated by grades 6 – 12.

Adapted by Michael B. Perkins from Shakespeare’s As You Like It
Rosalind, the daughter of banished Duke Senior, falls in love with Orlando, then is suddenly herself 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!

Most appreciated by grades K – 6.

Our 2014 Student Workshops

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.

“I want to tell you thanks because I was known as a bully but now I’m going to change.”  Shakespeare on Bullying workshop student, South City Preparatory School

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.

“You guys inspired me.”  Shakespeare’s Language workshop student, South City Preparatory School


Study Guides with Common Core State Standards and Missouri State Board of Education Show-Me Standard Tie-Is, including synopses, character lists, background information, resources for grades K-6 and 6-12 about the plays and our adaptations, activities, lesson plans, and more. Educational Resources

A post-show Q&A discussion with the actors, encouraging students to interact with the artists and Shakespeare’s works.


• Workshops are available for up to 90 students
• Three groups of thirty, each led by two SFSTL Actors/Teaching Artists.
• Three separate spaces are required where students can move about freely.
• Multiple workshops can be scheduled to accommodate your entire student body.
• Mix & match: we can present either or both workshops to your students – just ask!


Within 50 miles of St. Louis

One activity (performance or workshop): $475
Two same-day activities: $900 – save $50!
Limited financial assistance is available

Out-State Missouri and beyond

Starting at $500, based on number of services and travel distance.
For pricing details, contact us at or call 314-531-9800 ext. 101.

NOTE:  SFSTL is proud to be a part of the Missouri Arts Council’s  Missouri Touring Program, which provides substantial funding support for school and community performances!  Visit MAC online for details and grant guidelines.

Public Performances



Education Tour - As You Like It2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103St. Louis Public Library - Central BranchEvent Type :In the Schools


Education Tour - Henry IV, Pt. I & II and Henry V (Family of Kings)12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 1315 Chestnut Street, St Louis, MO 63103Soldiers Memorial Military MuseumEvent Type :In the SchoolsIn the Streets



Education Tour - As You Like It1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 318 N Main St, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901Poplar Bluff Public LibraryEvent Type :In the Schools


To bring the tour to your school or community, please email us:, or call 314-531-9800 ext. 101.