“The Winter’s Tale” cast pauses for a moment during rehearsal to pose for a photo.  Pictured, from left (standing): Jacob Idstrom, Gara Lonning, Ian Wold, Lydia Hayes, Simon Cropp, Charles Baldwin, Emma Rolfs, Rachel Dougan, Clara Kittleson, Lucas Griesheimer, Aidan Spencer, Miles Wilkie, Gabriela Deifelt-Streese; (seated): Annika Wahlberg, Sarah Mumford, Storme Barr. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond)
“The Winter’s Tale” cast pauses for a moment during rehearsal to pose for a photo. Pictured, from left (standing): Jacob Idstrom, Gara Lonning, Ian Wold, Lydia Hayes, Simon Cropp, Charles Baldwin, Emma Rolfs, Rachel Dougan, Clara Kittleson, Lucas Griesheimer, Aidan Spencer, Miles Wilkie, Gabriela Deifelt-Streese; (seated): Annika Wahlberg, Sarah Mumford, Storme Barr. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond)
Upstart Crow Theatreworks presents its spring production, William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” May 8-11, at Good Shepherd Church. Kristen Underwood directs the play, with costuming by Lana Oyloe.  

A perfect play for springtime, “The Winter’s Tale” takes us on a breathtaking journey from tragedy to comedy, charged with the possibility of new beginnings. With kings and queens, dancing shepherds, an extraordinary statue and one notoriously hungry bear, it leads to a stunning, magical conclusion, and the reminder that second chances are possible.

The cast is made up of 17 young actors, age 13-18, and includes Charles Baldwin as King Leontes, Lydia Hayes as Queen Hermione, and Simon Cropp as their friend King Polixines of Bohemia.

Aidan Spencer plays Paulina, friend to the Queen, with Lucas Griesheimer as her husband Antigonus. 

Other courtiers are played by Clara Kittleson as Cleomenes, Skye Kelley as Dion, and Gabriela Deifelt-Streese as Lord Camillo who serves both Leontes and Polixenes. Storme Barr plays the young Prince Mamillius, with Emma Rolfs and Sarah Mumford as his attendants Lady Margaret and Lady Elizabeth. Rachel Dougan plays Emilia, Lady in Waiting to the Queen.

In Bohemia, Miles Wilkie plays the rogue Autolycus, Jacob Idstrom plays the Old Shepherd, and Gara Lonning plays his clownish son.  Ian Wold plays Florizel, the Bohemian prince, with Annika Wahlberg as Perdita, the beautiful shepherdess with a secret past.
Performances are Thursday, May 8, at 7:30; Saturday, May 10, at 7:30; and Sunday, May 11, at 3, at Good Shepherd Church (701 Iowa Avenue).

The house will open 20 minutes before curtain. Note: There is no Friday night performance.

Tickets are $5 and seating is general admission. Reservations are appreciated and may be made by contacting ArtHaus (563-382-5440 or arthaus508@gmail.com.

Upstart Crow Theatreworks, located at ArtHaus (508 W. Water St.), was founded in Decorah in 2002 to provide quality hands-on theatre experiences through classes and productions for students of all ages.  

For more information about Upstart Crow Theatreworks, visit arthausdecorah.org.