Education Tour

Tales of Shakespeare

When a young girl named Marnie can’t sleep, she and her father turn to the works of Shakespeare to weather the storm outside, as well as the tempest brewing between her parents—her father is moving out. Using selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Marnie’s bedroom is transformed into Shakespeare’s worlds, from a magical fairy kingdom to epic seascapes. In this adventurous theatrical experience, Marnie and her father illustrate the enduring importance of family bonds that cannot be broken. A version of Tales of Shakespeare will be performed as part of the St. Louis Symphony’s Family Concert series on February 21.


Cast

August StamperAugust Rain Stamper (Marnie) is thrilled to be making her professional debut! She is a recent graduate of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, and has been so lucky to get to work with such incredible people soon after graduating. Growing up, Shakespeare was a huge part of her life, so having the opportunity to share that with other kids is a dream come true…

Ben NordstromBen Nordstrom* (Dad) is an award-winning theatre artist based in St. Louis, MO. As an actor and singer, he has appeared in over 50 plays and musicals at major theatres around the country and in New York City. In and around St. Louis, he has worked with The Muny, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Stages, New Jewish Theatre, Variety StL, Mustard Seed, HotCity, OnSite, and Echo. He has received a St. Louis Theatre Circle Award,…

*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association


Creative Team

Nancy BellNancy Bell (Playwright-in-residence) is the author of the past four Shakespeare in the Streets adaptations: The World Begun, Good in EverythingThe New World, and Old Hearts Fresh, which received a St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for Outstanding New Play, 2013. She is also the author of Venus, finalist for the Next Generation New Play Prize, 2012, and co-author of Present Tense, winner of the LaBute Playwriting Festival, 2013. Her new play for youth,…

Bruce LongworthBruce Longworth (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Longworth has been a faculty member in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University since 1985 and is currently Head of the Performance programs. He has worked extensively in St. Louis and around the country as a director, actor, and voice and dialect coach. Directing credits include: Henry V, Hamlet and Othello for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis,…

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 many awards for her work from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, 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 Company & Special Projects Manager for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and he also designs sound & video locally. Recent: The World Begun (Shakespeare in the Streets—Old North), Wagner’s 4-part Der Ring des Nibelungen (Union Avenue Opera), De Kus (Upstream Theater), The Killing of Sister George (Max & Louie Productions), Imagining Madoff, and Becoming Dr. Ruth (New Jewish Theater). He’s also designed…

Peter and Margery Spack (Scenic Design) make their Shakespeare Fesitval St. Louis debut 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…

Richard B. Agnew* (Stage Manager) last worked with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis on the 2013 Shakespeare in the Streets production, Old Hearts Fresh in the Grove. He has also worked with numerous local companies, including Max & Louie Productions, The Black Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, HotCity Theatre, Avalon, and Upstream Theatre. Richard currently teaches a stage management course at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.