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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.”

Directed by Lehfeldt, The Taming Of The Shrew will appear in Starr Jaycee Park July 27 – August 6 with performances at 8:00pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and a 5:00pm performance on Sundays. The cast for this production includes:

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

Tickets for The Taming Of The Shrew are $25.

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 includes:

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

Presented as the daylight presentation for the festival, Shakespeare In Love and War appears July 29 – August 5 with Tuesday and Wednesday performances at 7:00pm, and Saturday performances at 4:00pm. Tickets are $15.

Water Works Teen Ensemble Presents 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 will present Hamlet on the Starr Jaycee Park stage.

Tickets: Pay what you will.

Water Works Theatre Company 2016

Richard III By William Shakespeare was directed by Stephanie Buck

Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare was directed by Nancy Kammer

The Tempest By William Shakespeare was directed by Frannie Shepherd-Bates

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We are pleased to offer beer and wine for sale during all ticketed performances. Proper ID required.