Past Seasons

Shakespeare Royal Oak 2017

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming Of The Shrew is full of empowered, feisty characters and we are lucky to have Oakland University’s esteemed Lynnae Lehfeldt directing it this summer. She is an artist of consequence, and it matters that she is directing this show this year”, said Water Works President Ed Nahhat. “In our version, the taming goes both ways for these lovers, Petruchio and Katherina. Audiences will have to decide who the shrew actually is. Lynnae is the perfect director to bring this wonderful comedy to our stage.”

The cast for this production included:

Andrew Barikmo (Tailor)
Stephen Blackwell (Baptista)
Kyle Clark (Tranio)
Shelby Lynn Coleman (Widow)
Anne Marie Damman (Kate)
Annie Dilworth (Bianca)
Joey Feldmann (Biondello)
Mark Gmazel* (Merchant)
David Gram (Gremio)
Clifford Katskee (Vincentio)
Mitchell A. Koory* (Petruchio)
David Meese (Lucentio)
Danielle Peck (Joseph/Haberdasher)
Alexander H. Trice (Grumio)
Caleb Alman (Hortensio)
*Member of Actor’s Equity Association

Taming of the Shrew’s opening night highlights and interviews:

Shakespeare in Love and War

Shakespeare in Love and War is another Water Works original, based on the Bard’s timeless tales of the most dramatically important times in life: war and love.  Our fun daylight show finds Shakespeare’s enduring lovers and enemies, who are sometimes both to each other, at their best and their worst. Soldiers returning from war, lovers awaiting their return, romance under the cloud of war, the epic comedy of the battle of the sexes.  This stellar cast of four versatile actors, who are equally skilled in full combat as they are in heartache, brings to life the most intense times of life that Shakespeare ever wrote.  Directed and compiled by our Artistic Director, Sara Catheryn Wolf, Shakespeare in Love and War is destined for greatness.

The cast for Shakespeare In Love and War included:

Craig Ester
Alison Megroet
Mathew Pecek
Nancy Penrose
with fight choreography by Michael Brian Ogden.

Water Works Teen Ensemble’s Hamlet

Water Works Teen Ensemble returns to the festival for its seventh summer. The original two-week outdoor creative experience for high school students provides and opportunity for the participants to cast, direct, and present a complete performance of a Shakespeare play. This summer, the ensemble presented Hamlet on the Starr Jaycee Park stage.

Shakespeare Royal Oak 2016

Richard III

r3-2016-1024hRichard III By William Shakespeare
Directed by Stephanie Buck

Shakespeare Royal Oak favorite Michael Brian Ogden returns as the scheming Richard III in this Thrones-style outdoor evening show.

Twelfth Night

12Night2016-1024hTwelfth Night By William Shakespeare Directed by Nancy Kammer

Our fun daylight show is a family friendly version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, 12th Night.

The Tempest

Tempest2016-1024hWater Works Youth Ensemble presents
The Tempest By William Shakespeare Directed by Frannie Shepherd-Bates.