By Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

First produced and performed at Shakespeare's Globe on August 10, 2018

Produced by special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials supplied by WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOR ENTERTAINMENT, LLC


Director: Kate Thomsen

Scenic Designer: Ian Whistler*

Costume Designer: Kathryn Wagner

Lighting Designer: Jimmy Mish*

Music Director and Original Compositions: Grace Carroll*

Sound Designer: Joshua Reid

Stage Manager: Samantha Giammalva*

*It is with great pride that we recognize the creative efforts of our students.



Emilia 3: E.J. Taylor

Emilia 2: Mikaela Johnson

Emilia 1: Jessica Krolik

Margaret Johnson/Hester: Sidney Dent

Susan Bertie/Bob/Mary: Sam Fish

Lady Helena/Lord Howard/Eve: Kiara Durbin

Lady Katherine/Desdemona (Othello): Grace Van Horn

Cordelia/Flora: Grace Carroll

Lord Collins/Lady Anne: True Chin-Parker

Lord Henry Carey/Judith: Joelle Denhof

Lady Margaret/Priest/Midwife/Man 1: Lucy Beard

Will Shakespeare/Man 2: Payton Kozak

Alphonso Lanier/Emilia (Othello): Shanice Davis

Muses: Nadya Beyar, Cierra Hedgespeth, Grace McNamara, Nikita Rose


Production Staff

Assistant Director: Sami Jex

Assistant Stage Managers: Brendan Eaton, Midge Makowski

Choreographer: Megan Ludwig

Vocal Coach and Intimacy Director: Elizabeth Terrel

Cultural Competency Consultant: Arizsia Staton

Original Composition: Mitchell Arganbright

Technical Director: Camryn Pieknik

Assistant Technical Director: Isabel Hafner

Assistant Sound Designer: Meg Schelling

Master Electrician: AJ Rose

Hair Designer: Garrylee McCormick

Assistant Costume Designer: Jared Schuhardt

Costumer: Julia Kosanovich

Assistant Costumer: Rune Lohrberg

First Hand: Alex Damm

Properties Master: Will Hays

Properties Crew: Bella Abuan, Adam Walker

Light Board Operator: Kevin O'Neil

Sound Board Operator: Mary Toth

Stage Crew Head: Brendan Eaton

Run Crew: Bella Abuan, Maggie Bengtson, Bella Benigni, Maddy Brandel, Katie GarberMason Gratton, Leo HellarPaige Lord, Victor Moss, Amelia RummlerZach Trent, Adam Walker, Ivy Zaroff

Wardrobe Run Crew Head: Madison Solomon

Wardrobe Run Crew: Maggie Bengston, Bella Benigni

Hair/Makeup Crew: Maddy Brandel, Katie Garber

Carpenters: Jacob CloutierJoe Fleck, Will Hays, Dani HoslerMadison Solomon, Audrey Way

Charge Painter: Everett Austermann


Stitchers: True Chin-ParkerAlex DammSean Hatton, Micaela JohnsonRune Lohrberg

Arts Administration Assistant: Gracie Niec



Lucy Beard (Lady Margaret/Midwife/Man 1/Priest): is a Sophomore from South Bend, IN. Previous Credits: Hall, Men on Boats.

Nadya Beyar (Muse): is a Freshman from Budapest, Hungary. Previous Credits: Beth March, Little Women; Lead Follies Dancer, Crazy For You; Iago, Aladdin. WMU Debut.

Grace Carroll (Lady Cordelia/Flora/Music Director): is a Junior from Arlington Heights, IL. Previous Credits: The Witch, Into the Woods; Lysandra, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Cathy, The Last Five Years

True Chin-Parker (Lord Collins/Lady Anne/Dave): is a Junior from Granville, OH. Previous Credits: Kleo, LYS; Marcy Park, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Celeste 1, Sunday in the Park With George.

Shanice Davis (Alphonso Lanier/Emilia [Othello]): is a Junior from Detroit, MI. Previous Credits: Faye, Skeleton Crew; Student, LYS.

Joelle Denhof (Lord Henry Carey/Judith): is a Sophomore from Lathrup Village, MI. Previous Credits: Skater Girl, LYS.

Sidney Dent (Margaret Johnson/Mary Sidney/Hester): is a Sophomore from Pinckney, MI. Previous Credits: Timoranimo; New Beginnings: Twilight Bowl.

Kiara Durbin (Lady Helena/Lord Howard/Eve): is a Sophomore from Twinsburg, OH. Previous Credits: Rapunzel, Into the Woods; Clarice, Twilight Bowl.

Sam Fish (Susan Bertie/Bob/Mary): is a Senior from Sterling Heights, MI. Previous Credits: Helen, Significant Other; Titania/Hippolyta, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Samantha Giammalva (Stage Manager): is a Senior from Petoskey, MI. Previous Credits: Assistant Stage Manager, Amadeus; Assistant Stage Manager, Urinetown; Stage Manager, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Stage Manager, Next Stop, Broadway! 2021.

Cierra Hedgespeth (Muse): is a Sophomore from Southfield, MI. Previous Credits: Chorus, Blackness; Understudy, Significant Other.

Mikaela Johnson (Emilia 2): is a Junior from Detroit, MI. Previous Credits: Riv, LYS; Ensemble, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Ensemble, Blood at the Root.

Payton Kozak (Will Shakespeare/Man 2): is a Junior from Flint, MI. Previous Credits: Jessie, Sweat; Snout/Peablossom, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Ensemble, Blood at the Root.

Jessica Krolik (Emilia 1): is a Junior from Troy, MI. Previous Credits: Shanita, Skeleton Crew; Laura, Significant Other.

Grace McNamara (Muse): is a Sophomore from Wayland, MI. Previous Credits: Grace Fryer, Radium Girls; Wendy Darling, Peter Pan; Irena Synkova, I Never Saw Another Butterfly. WMU Debut.

Jimmy Mish (Lighting Designer): is a Senior from Grand Rapids, MI. Previous Credits: Lighting Designer, Viscera Exposed; Master Electrician, LYS; Master Electrician, Into the Woods; Lighting Designer, Next Stop, Broadway! 2021.

Nikita Rose (Muse) is a Freshman from Gun Lake, MI. Previous Credits: Geneva Lee Brown, 1940's Radio Hour; Estrella, Noises Off. WMU Debut.

E.J. Taylor (Emilia 3): is a Senior from Troy, MI. Previous Credits: Vanessa, Significant Other; Ensemble, Blood at the Root.

Grace Van Horn (Lady Kathrine/Desdemona [Othello]): is a Senior from Battle Creek, MI. Previous Credits: Sorority Girl, LYS; Ensemble, A Midsummer Nights Dream; Sam, New Beginnings Williams: Twilight Bowl.

Ian Whistler (Scenic Designer): is a Senior from Clarkston, MI. Previous Credits: Costume Designer, LYS; Scenic Designer, Timoranimo: York Spectacle.



Show Information

There will be a 10 minute intermission.

Photography or recording of any kind is prohibited by law.



Thank you to Jeff K. Ross Financial Services for sponsoring Emilia!



Special thanks to our donors for their endless support!




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