Faculty, Alumni, Students Perform, Design for 'The Winter's Tale' at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

May. 8, 2017

Watch Webster Conservatory Faculty and Graduates Perform in The Winter's Tale this Summer
Shakespeare Festival presents The Winter's Tale featuring Webster students, faculty and alumni

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' production of "The Winter’s Tale" opens Friday, June 2, with Webster University faculty, students and alumni again a major part of the production.

Performances take place at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park nightly (except Tuesdays) beginning at 8 p.m. and run through Sunday, June 25.

Highlights of this year’s production include a diverse cast under the direction of four-time Festival director Bruce Longworth, who is a faculty member in Webster's Conservatory of Theatre Arts. The Festival also features original music composed by St. Louis-based The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra and the unveiling of Schlafly’s custom-labeled draft beer, "The Winter’s Ale."

Recent Webster University Conservatory graduates on stage include Cassia Thompson, who will play the role of Perdita, and Myke Andrews (Country Servant/Gentleman/Lord), who is returning to Shakespeare Glen following their appearances in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

Fellow alumnus Scott Neale is doing the scene design.

Webster students making their Festival debut include Andrew Oppman (Dion/Lord), Sigrid Wise (Emilia/Dorcas), and Delaney Marie Piggins (Lady2/Mopsa).

Webster faculty members assisting with the success of the Shakespeare Festival include Gary Glasgow, returning for his thirteenth season playing Autolycus/Mariner/Lord; Conservatory chair Dorothy Marshall Englis returns as costume designer after designing for previous Festival productions including "Romeo and Juliet" and "Julius Caesar;" professor John Wylie is doing the lighting design, while Rusty Wandall, head of the Conservatory's sound program, is doing the sound design.

The four Thursday performances during the production run will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing.

For more information and Festival details including special events around the production, please visit Shakespeare Festival St. Louis website.

About Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts

The Conservatory at Webster is a professional training program for acting, musical theatre, directing, theatre studies and dramaturgy, design, technical theatre and stage management. Located in St. Louis, the Conservatory has been training theatre students for the professional world for over half a century. One of the distinguishing elements of Webster's Conservatory is its integrated association with professional theatre companies, two of which are located on campus: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Webster also enjoys a one-of-a-kind association with a professional musical theatre, the Muny.

St. Louis Shakespeare Festival Background

Since its inception in 2001, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis has surpassed the one million mark in attendance through its work "In the Schools", "In the Streets" and "In the Park" with more than 710,000 people attending the free main stage productions at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park. The organization has reached an additional 300,000 students through its educational programming. In 2010, the Festival launched SHAKE 38, a marathon participatory presentation of Shakespeare’s entire 38-play canon community wide. In 2012, the Festival shut down its first street, Cherokee, to present a community-based play "In the Streets". Leadership support for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ 2017 season is provided by the Whitaker Foundation. The Festival is also funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis. In 2017, the Festival was named Arts Organization of the Year by the Missouri Arts Council. For more information, please visit sfstl.com, or call 314-531-9800. 

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