2017: The Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare In Love and War

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.”

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

Production Staff:
Operations Manager: Matt Lira
Scenic Designer: Elspeth Williams
Master Carpenter/Set Builder: Rick Lewis
Costume Designer: Christa Koerner
Sound Designer: Jarod Clark
Stage Manager: Rebecca Lister
Lights: Mike Miller, Chance Maddox
Intern Coordinator: Lucianna Piazza

Images from the 2017 season

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

Shakespeare in Love and War

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

Allison Megroet: ensemble
Nancy Penvose : ensemble
Matthew Pecek : ensemble
Craig Ester : ensemble

Production Staff:
Stage Manager: Christian Plonka
ASM/Dramaturg: Katherine Voigt
Costume Design: Holly Hellsten Conroy
Fight Choreographer: Michael Brian Ogden

Water Works Teen Ensemble’s Hamlet

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 Hamlet on the Starr Jaycee Park stage.