Monday, March 30, 2015

Stagelight Players Present Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

The Stagelight Players rehearse William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Left to right: Clarissa Kiehl, Jennifer Shearer, Josh Deane, Rebecca Ritz, Julia Bogart, and Kevin Grogean.
The Edison Stagelight Players will perform William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, from April 10–19. All performances will be held in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus.

Categorized as one of William Shakespeare’s late romances, The Winter’s Tale chronicles a story of loss and redemption. Leontes, the King of Sicilia, is struck with jealously as he believes his wife is pregnant with another man’s child. As jealousy turns to tyranny, Leontes destroys his family and lifelong friendship. Sixteen years later, the story ends with a miraculous turn of events.

Director Matt Beisner is enthused about producing this unique Shakespeare romance. “When people think of Shakespeare they think of Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet, but we are bringing them something they’ve never seen, and most likely never heard of. The Winter’s Tale is one of the most unique of all of Shakespeare’s plays. It is not a straight comedy, nor is it considered a tragedy. There is a mixture of both elements throughout. There are issues Shakespeare touches on that are very real, very human, and very relatable that bring this work to a different level.”

“One of my goals as Director is to make the work of Shakespeare more accessible to a modern audience,” added Beisner. “I like to adapt my own abridged script and let the audience experience the magic behind the words, instead of getting confused or lost in them. You shouldn’t have to work hard to watch Shakespeare. That’s why we will do all the work for you!”

“The cast of nearly 20 actors consists of new and old faces alike. There are at least 5 students who are gracing the Edison stage for the very first time! The rest of the cast consists of actors who have been on the Edison stage at least once before. The cast is a nice combination of both veterans and beginners, both who bring a ton of great talent to the performance.”

Performances are scheduled for Friday, April 10; Saturday, April 11; Friday, April 17; Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. each night. A special matinee performance will be held on Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m.

“The cast is perfect. The play is amazing. The crew is superb. This show is something special and it’s not to be missed.”

Tickets for the show are seven dollars for adults, five dollars for students and three dollars for seniors and can be purchased with cash at the door. Children under 5 will not be permitted into the theater during the performance. For more information contact Karen Baker at 937-381-1502 or

Leontes, King of Sicilia: Adam Davis, Troy, Ohio
Hermione, Queen of Sicilia: Emily Beisner, Troy, Ohio
Polixenes, King of Bohemia: Patrick Stone, Piqua, Ohio
Antigonous, Lord of Sicilia: Cullen J. Bower, St. Paris, Ohio
Paulina, Wife of Antigonus: Jessica Poeppelman, Fort Loramie, Ohio
Camillo, Lord of Sicilia & later, Bohemia: Jayson Alan Grigsby, New Bremen, Ohio
Mamillius, Young Prince of Sicilia: Zaidee Himes, Huber Heights, Ohio
Florizel, Prince of Bohemia: Austin Swigert, Houston, Ohio
Predita, Shepherdess and Lost Princess of Sicilia: Samantha Burden, Anna, Ohio
Autolycus, a Rogue: Evan McElfresh, Troy, Ohio
Old Shepherd and Officer: Kevin Grogean, Fletcher, Ohio
Clown, Old Shepherd's Son: Josh Deane, Troy, Ohio
Emilia and Shepherdess: Julia Bogart, Sidney, Ohio
First Lord: Chris Garner, Piqua, Ohio
Second Lord: Owen Swigert, Houston, Ohio
Cleomenes and Dorcas: Michaela Strelow, Sidney, Ohio
Dion and Shepherdess: Rebecca Ritz, Sidney, Ohio
Mopsa and First Lady: Brooklynn Scott, Casstown, Ohio
Second Lady and Shepherdess: Clarissa Kiehl, Houston, Ohio
Shepherdesses: Jennifer Shearer, Ludlow Falls, Ohio

Director: Matt Beisner, Troy, Ohio
Assistant Director: Emily Beisner, Troy, Ohio
Stage Manager: Jennifer Deane, Troy, Ohio
Costume Design: William Loudermilk, Dayton, Ohio
Lighting Design: Ben Bullock, Yellow Spring, Ohio
Sound Design: Jen Scott, Sidney, Ohio
Hair/Makeup: Kristina Beard, West Milton, Ohio
Set Design: Jayson Grigsby, New Bremen, Ohio
Props/Set: Jennifer Shearer, Ludlow Falls, Ohio

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