The Award-winning Agape Theater Company is known for its Shakespearean pieces. Agape performed A Midwinter's Night Dream, The Tempest (winning the 2019 Most Impressive Youth Theater Production Award), and Macbeth at Bard Fest. Agape strives for and delivers incredible talent, high production levels, mesmerizing choreography, and brilliant costuming.
Agape’s actors make Shakespeare accessible and beautiful to audiences under the watchful eye of Dr. Gwen Adams and Dr. Kathy Phipps, Co- Directors of this production.
The Winter's Tale, one of Shakespeare's lesser known plays, is a journey from jealousy and outrage to forgiveness and healing. In this Romance masterpiece, suffering and tyranny give way to compassion and forgiveness.
"Many people see The Winter’s Tale as a problem play’ because as a Romance it shifts tone from a Tragedy in the first half of the show to a Comedy in the second half.," said the Co-Director Dr. Kathy Phipps. "I love this play because it shows the power of forgiveness and the mature happiness that comes from a greater understanding of human nature. In this powerful production, we realize that some rash actions can’t be undone, but through the gift of forgiveness, we see the restoration and redemption.”
This production features three outstanding female roles played by Grace Streib (Queen Hermione), Paulina (Rebekah Barajas), and Perdita (Genna Sever). If King Leontes who mistrusted his faithful Queen, had listened to the loyal women in his life then disaster would have been averted.
The Winter’s Tale begins as a tragedy and ends with restoration and redemption. Do not miss this Shakespearian gem!
Leontes (King of Sicilia) – Caleb Wilson
Hermione (Queen of Sicilia) – Grace Streib
Mamillius (Prince of Sicilia)/ Noblewoman – Rachel Majorins
Polixines (King of Bohemia and life-long friend of Leontes) – Jack Tiehen
Camillo (a Nobleman of Sicilia) – Ben Fredrick
Antigonus (a Nobleman of Sicilia)/ Florizel (Prince of Bohemia) – Jake Hobbs
Paulina (a Noblewoman of Sicilia) – Rebekah Barajas
Noble of Silica – Harmony Quinn
Emelia (a Noblewoman of Sicilia)/ Time/ Mopsa (a Shepherdess) - Kiron Rueff
Lady/ Dorcas (a Shepherdess) - Katherine Morris
Jailer/ Mariner/ Nobleman of Sicilia – Darby Kear
Attendant to King Leontes – Olivia Schemmel
Cleomenes (a Nobleman of Sicilia) – Claire Elizabeth
Clown (foster brother of Perdita) – Joey Devine
Archidamus (Nobleman of Bohemia)/ Shepherd (foster-father of Perdita) – Aidan Morris
Perdita (unknown Princess of Sicilia) – Genna Sever
Autolycus (a Bohemian peddler, entertainer, and thief) – Evelyn Skaggs
Servant – Lacey Pierce
Shepherd Ensemble: Darby Kear, Rachel Majorins, Lacey Pierce, Harmony Quinn, Olivia Schemmel, Grace Streib, and Claire Elizabeth
Director – Kathy Phipps
Choreographer – Christine Osburn
Student Assistant Director – Mia Joelle Baillie
Stage Manager – Ava Kalscheur
Costume Designer – Kiron Rueff
Prop Manager – Liberty Potter
Dr. Phipps, our Director for this production, studied Shakespeare in London, England during her doctoral studies. Her extensive training in Shakespeare includes studying with Dr. Randall Robinson, a published authority who taught methods making the language of Shakespeare accessible to the actors and audience.
Audiences who previously had never understood or enjoyed Shakespeare remark how very much they have enjoyed Agape Theater Company's Shakespeare productions.