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Shakespeare in the Streets: Remember Me

A mash-up of Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth

September 16 – 18, 2016


On Sutton Blvd. between Marietta & Hazel

Local beer, donuts, bowling and the Bard will all come together as Shakespeare in the Streets heads to Maplewood. This year’s production, Remember Me, will feature a mash-up of Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth, with a little Romeo & Juliet thrown in. SITS is a grassroots theatrical experience that invites St. Louis neighborhoods to tell their stories. Free and open to the public, these performances unite the neighborhood and introduce it as a creative force to the greater St. Louis area.

Cast (in alphabetical order)

Theseus, Mayor of Maplewood Aaron Orion Baker*
First Sister, Co-owner of Mystic Valley Emily Baker
Hamlet, a Maplewood native Joanna Cole Battles*
Second Sister, Co-owner of Mystic Valley Anna Grimm
Hippolyta of Clayton, engaged to Theseus Jeanitta Perkins
Bernardo, a junior at MRH High School Reginald Pierre
Third Sister, Co-Owner of Mystic Valley Traci Ponticello
Bottom, long-time beloved drama teacher at MRH Phyllis Thorpe
Horatio, friend of Hamlet Rachel Tibbetts
Francisco, a sophomore at MRH High School Stephen Vita Tronicek
Osric, a wedding entertainer Michael Weidle

Voices of Maplewood Ghosts

Clara Clamorgan Jeanitta Perkins
Ten-Foot Ghost Emily Baker
Charles Ames Phyllis Thorpe
Streetcar Ashleigh Owens
Charles Rannells Michael Weidle
John F. Kennedy Patrick Meyers
Slave Reginald Pierre
Joseph Sunnen Stephen Vita Tronicek
John Collins Aaron Orion Baker*
Vito Benjamin Kaplan
Marilyn Anna Grimm
Mr. Mines Jason Meyers
Mrs. Mines Shelley Nicole Spence


Fiddle Kevin Buckley
Theremin Josephine Kaplan
Accordion Ashby Laws
Guitar/Drums Matt McGaughey
Mandolin Jason Scroggins
Bass Jacob Stern
Keyboards Joe Taylor
Drums/Trumpet Philip Zahnd


Baker, Aaron-PhotoAaron Orion Baker* (Theseus) Aaron most recently worked for the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis with their 2016 Education Tour. He has appeared previously in Forest Park in Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew. As a Maplewood resident and professional actor, he frequently works with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, and the New Jewish Theatre, among others. Cherished credits include Waiting for Godot (St. Louis Actors’ Studio), Long Day’s Journey…

Baker, Emily-PhotoEmily Baker (First Sister) Emily is delighted to be acting with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, after serving as a teaching artist for the Festival earlier this summer. Born and raised in Maplewood, Emily now runs the Research and Design Center at MRH High School. As a professional actor, she has worked with St. Louis Actors’ Studio, New Jewish, Mustard Seed, Upstream, and That Uppity Theatre Company, among others. Favorite credits include The Maids (Solange), Going…

Battles, Joanna Cole-PhotoJoanna Cole Battles* (Hamlet) Joanna currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Voice & Speech at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. As an actor, favorite credits include: Pride and Prejudice (Swine Palace); On the Verge (Public Stage); The Long Christmas Ride Home (Trinity Repertory Company); Sylvia (American Heartland Theatre); Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V (Trinity Repertory Company); Departure (Irish Arts Center); Twelfth Night

Buckley, Kevin-Photo-B&WKevin M. Buckley (Fiddle) St. Louis native Kevin Buckley began playing Irish Traditional fiddle music at the age of 9. During his formative years he traveled extensively with St. Louis Irish Arts, culminating in a title at the 2001 All Ireland Fleadh music competition. Since then, Buckley has continued performing and teaching Irish music, including a Monday night residency at John D. McGurk’s and stints in Las Vegas and…

Grimm, Anna-Photo B&WAnna Grimm (Second Sister/Marilyn) Anna was locally seen in Act, Inc.’s production of Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie Saunders) and at The Improv Shop, where she plays on the new Harold Team, Night Court. Film credits include Sironia (Kaboom Productions) and Much Ado About Nothing (Bellwether Pictures). Anna is a graduate of New York Film Academy and Baylor University. She currently does local commercial, print and industrial acting work; and is the Executive Assistant…

Kaplan, Ben-photoBenjamin Kaplan (Vito Voice) Benjamin is a multidisciplinary artist who combines film, music, theater, installation, photography, collage, journalism, and design. He has created pioneering digital storytelling; gorgeous sculptural and media installations; radical re-imaginings of musical classics; innovative re-stagings of theatrical masterworks; and flat stuff on paper. Kaplan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television Production from the Tisch School of the Arts at…

Kaplan, Josephine-Photo B&WJosephine Kaplan (Theremin) Josephine is the Artistic Director of the Maple Avenue Theater. Her work as an actor and director are celebrated within a one-block radius. She gained much acclaim for her first show, Zazie Kaplan Fashion Icon, and built upon that reputation with her one-woman shows, 9 Ways to Get Out of Going to School and Reading Under the Covers After Dark. She will make her big screen debut this Fall in the thriller, Who Left the Fridge Open?….Not Me. A walking…

Laws, Ashby-Photo B&WAshby Laws (Accordion) Ashby is a sophomore at Nerinx Hall High School. She most recently played the accordion in A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Festival mainstage. Ashby got her start through playing Irish music with St. Louis Irish Arts when she was four years old, and has been playing the accordion since she was seven. Her love for music has continued to grow and she is very excited to be a part of Shakespeare in the Streets.

McGaughey, Matt-Photo B&WMatt McGaughey (Guitar/Drum) Matt lives in Maplewood with his wife Susie and their sons, Dunnen and Eliot. Matt is a singer/songwriter who performs solo and also plays drums, guitar, sings and writes songs with the local folk rock band “The Poorhouse Says.” After earning a B.F.A. from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in 1999, Matt spent time in Chicago producing an award-winning musical he co-wrote titled “The Sound of One” and working as an actor and…

Owens, Ashleigh-PhotoAshleigh Owens (Streetcar) Ashleigh is a senior at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. She has been a part of theatre for as long as she can remember and her credits include You Can’t Take It With You (Alice Sycamore), Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs), and The Diary of Anne Frank (Mrs. Van Daan). She also has participated in the work backstage. She has helped with productions such as Of Mice and Men (Front of House manager), Little Shop of Horrors

Meyers, Jason-Photo B&WJason Meyers (Mr. Mines) Jason is a 20-year resident of Maplewood and father of two who has come out of a long retirement from the stage to show his youngest son the ropes. Credits from another life include Carmen at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Bye Bye Birdie at the MUNY.
Meyers, Patrick-Photo B&WPatrick Meyers (JFK Voice) Patrick is a fourth grader at Maplewood-Richmond Heights Elementary, and is proud to be making his debut stage performance in Remember Me.

Perkins, Jeanitta-PhotoJeanitta Perkins (Hippolyta) Jeanitta has been acting professionally since 2010 and is making her Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut! She has been blessed with the opportunity to work with The Black Repertory Theater, Metro Theater Company, St. Louis Shakespeare, and New Line Theatre. She looks forward to obtaining membership to the Actors’ Equity Association this fall. Jeanitta is a voice actor with NOW Talent Management and a nationally certified optician…

Reginald PierreReginald Pierre (Bernardo) Pierre’s credits include Stick Fly (Flip) at The Black Rep; The Normal Heart (Bruce) at HotCity Theatre; Topdog/Underdog (Lincoln) at St. Louis Actors Studio; Jackie and Me (Jackie Robinson) at Metro Theater Company. He has appeared on the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis mainstage in Antony and Cleopatra (Maecenas) Henry IV and Henry V (Westmoreland), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snout).

Ponticello, Traci-photo B&WTraci Ponticello (Third Sister) Traci owns Mystic Valley New Age Gifts and More in Maplewood with her two sisters Kristy and Dina. She also works for Bemes, Inc. in Fenton as an administrative assistant. She has a gorgeous daughter Myka and in her free time she loves practicing hip hop dance.
Scroggins, Jason-Photo B&WJason Scroggins (Mandolin) Jason has been at the forefront of a younger generation of bluegrass musicians, bringing acoustic sounds around the country and especially to St. Louis, as a member of THE FOGGY MEMORY BOYS. An Alton, Illinois native, Scroggins was a member of the progressive jamgrass band, Shanti Groove. Jason was music director and appeared in Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble’s 2016 production of As You Like It.

spence-shelley-photo-bwShelley Nicole Spence (Mrs. Mines) Shelley has loved storytelling since she was two feet tall, and is delighted to help tell the story of her resident city. Favorite recent credits include Jack and Jill (Travellor Studios) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Patchwork Theater). Shelley spreads her love of storytelling by playing on the improv team Paper Planes, teaching drama, and playing piano in pit orchestras. Heartfelt thanks to the SITS team for the life they pour into sublime…

stern-jacob-photo-bwJacob Stern (Bass) Jacob was born in Durham, NC and grew up in Charlotte. He has played bass and guitar since he was young enough to be scandalized looking up Blink-182 lyrics online. In a previous life he was a rose quartz cluster. Jacob studies poetry at University of Missouri St. Louis.

Thorpe, Phyllis-Photo B&WPhyllis Thorpe (Bottom) Phyllis came to Maplewood to teach Drama at MRH HS, after receiving her M.A. in Oral Interpretation from Northwestern. Highlights of “a life in the theatre”: her first role here (Phoebe in As You Like It/City Players); adapting and directing Jane Austen’s Persuasion; studying with Shakespeare and Company; seeing Mark Rylance as Cleopatra (London Globe)! Discovering the “music of the spheres” led her to the mystical mountains of Bulgaria…

Tibbetts, Rachel-Photo B&WRachel Tibbetts (Horatio) Rachel is a founding member of Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble (SATE). She will appear in November in SATE’s production of Cuddles, directed by Joe Hanrahan. Rachel has performed with R-S Theatrics and ERA Theatre, performing this year in ERA’s Trash Macbeth, directed by Lucille Cashion. She also appeared in the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis this past May. Rachel has worked in arts education since 2000 at the Delaware Theatre…

Tronicek, Stephen-Photo B&WStephen Vita Tronicek (Francisco) Stephen is a senior at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School and member of Thespian Troupe 3189. He has taken part in four MRH HS theatre productions, and previous roles include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and Simon Stimson in Our Town. He was part of the chorus in the MUNY’s The King and I, and spent time on the Cabaret Showcase Production team. After graduation, Stephen plans on going on to study history and film.

weidle-michael-photo-bwMichael Weidle (Charles Rannells) When Michael was 12 years old, he had a brain hemorrhage, which has affected his short-term memory. Michael has been painting and working with mixed media for five years. He has been featured in several shows and exhibitions in and around St. Louis. Michael thoroughly enjoys meeting new people and spends much of his time creating beautiful art. He also has participated in the Mercy Hospital Arts and Crafts Holiday fair where he sells…

zahnd-philip-photo-bwPhilip Zahnd (Drums/Trumpet) Philip is the drummer and trumpeter for several St. Louis bands including dream pop trio Golden Curls, rock/soul group Holy Posers, and contributes to the local record label, Far Fetched. His debut as a theatre musician was in May 2016 for Equally Represented Art’s Trash Macbeth. He is studying English at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Philip is a rock climbing guide certified by the American Mountain Guide Association.

Creative Team

Nancy BellNancy Bell (Playwright in Residence) Nancy is the author of all four previous Shakespeare in the Streets adaptations: The New World, Old Hearts Fresh, Good in Everything, and The World Begun, which received a St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for Outstanding New Play, 2015. Her play for families, Tales of Shakespeare: Found at Sea was part of the Festival’s Education Tour this year, and played at Powell Hall with live accompaniment by the…

Cashion, Lucy-PhotoLucy Cashion (Director) Lucy is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist and the founder and Artistic Director of the experimental theatre company ERA. Notably in St. Louis, she conceived of and directed ERA’s Trash Macbeth; she adapted, directed, and performed in Moscow!, a drinking-game version of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters; she conceived of, directed and designed R + J: A Telephone Play; she directed and designed The Residents of Craigslist,…

Krajicek, JCJennifer ‘JC’ Krajicek (Costume Designer) JC is an Alum of Webster University’s Theatre Conservatory. For the past twelve years she has designed, coordinated, and constructed costumes for the St. Louis Black Rep, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Muny, Mustardseed Theater, Metro Theatre Company, St. Louis Shakespeare, Talent Plus, and the Missouri History Museum. JC has become one of St. Louis’ known artisans and has been recognized by…

Taylor, Joe-PhotoJoe Taylor (Music Director) Joe has served as the musical director for the ERA productions Moscow! and Trash Macbeth. He is the songwriter and frontman of indie piano rock band, Kid Scientist, which recently provided the music for the Phaedra Phestival – a three-way, theater collaboration among ERA, SATE, and YoungLiars. Joe also performs with the band, Whoa Thunder, and the improv troupe, Bodysnatchers. He holds a BA…

Mark WilsonMark Wilson (Production Design) Mark designed the scenery for An Invitation Out by Shualee Cook (Mustard Seed Theatre) and the lighting design for Safe House by Keith Josef Adkins (The Repertory Theatre of St Louis). He also serves as the properties carpenter and special effects designer for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’s Mainstage productions in Forest Park, and devised the water cannon effect for Antony and Cleopatra. In the summer of 2014,…

SITS-Richard-Agnew-webRichard B. Agnew* (Stage Manager) Richard worked with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis as stage manager for Shakespeare in the Streets in 2013 and 2015, as well as the recent production of Love’s Labor at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. He has worked with numerous local companies, including Max & Louie Productions, The Black Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, HotCity Theatre, Avalon, and Upstream Theatre. Richard teaches a stage management course at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Blank-SquareTom Allen (Additional Material) Tom is a successful figure and landscape painter. His acting career has included ten years with That Uppity Theatre Company’s DisAbility Project at venues such as The Sheldon Concert Hall, the Jefferson City State House and Powell Symphony Hall.

*denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association