Much Ado About Nothing
For its 2018 season, Shakespeare Royal Oak presented William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing Thursday through Sunday evenings July 26 – August 5. Shakespeare’s romantic comedy took theatregoers back to post-World War II Detroit. Benedict and his band of brothers return in glory from the war, only to find that Beatrice and the other women now call the shots. This hilarious battle of the sexes turns serious at the original wedding-gone wrong, forcing Benedict to choose between love and loyalty.
Under the helm of celebrated director Gillian Eaton, Much Ado About Nothing featured Michael Brian Ogden* (Benedict) and Sara Catheryn Wolf* (Beatrice) with Craig Bentley* (Leonato), Stephen Blackwell (Don John), Kyle Clark (Claudio), Annie Dilworth (Ursula), Craig Ester (Don Petro), Sayre Fox (Conrade), Mark Gmazel (Dogberry), Aaron Kurilik (Antonio), Liam Loomer (Borrachio), Shenelle McCrary (Hero), Carly Van Liere (Margaret), and Oren Steiner (Verges). *Michael Brian Ogden, Sara Catheryn Wolf, and Craig Bentley are members of Actors’ Equity Association.
The Comedy of Terrible Errors
For its Daylight Family Show, Shakespeare Royal Oak commissioned an original comedy from award-winning author Don Zolidis. In The Comedy of Terrible Errors four unprepared actors desperately need help from the audience to get their version of The Comedy of Errors on its feet.
Directed by Water Works Theatre Company veteran Lisa Melinn, this original comedy featured Melissa Beckwith (Demetra), Kristin Ann Danko (Ilona), Steven Michael Jean (Andre), and Joel Mitchell (Thomas).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Water Works Teen Ensemble returned to the festival for its seventh summer. The original two-week outdoor creative experience for high school students provided an opportunity for the participants to cast, direct, and present a complete performance of a Shakespeare play. This summer, the ensemble presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Starr Jaycee Park stage.