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Shakespeare Festival Production Honored

Wed, Mar 20th, 2013
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The Great River Shakespeare Festival-originated production of The Comedy of Errors was honored with three St. Louis Critics Circle Awards at a gathering Monday evening, March 18. The production featured a New Orleans at Mardi Gras, circa 1936, setting and incorporated gospel and Dixieland music. The first-ever “Louie” awards named the production, which was mounted at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in February, 2012, best comedy of the 2012 season and also honored Paul Barnes, GRSF Artistic Director, as Best Director of a Production of a Comedy, and Meg Weedon, resident GRSF Costume Designer for Best Costume Design. In all, Comedy was nominated for eight “Louie” awards. Shanara Gabrielle and Scott Neale, both GRSF veterans, won in the Best Ensemble Performance, Drama, and Best Set Design categories, for Clybourne Park, also at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

“I talked to Steve Woolf, Artistic Director of the Rep, about our production of Comedy, and convinced him of its success. He and Mark Bernstein, Managing Director at the Rep, and other staff members were intrigued and excited by the possibility of adapting the production for presentation at the Rep,” according to Barnes. About 50% of the St. Louis cast were GRSF company members, including Doug Scholz-Carlson, Michael Fitzpatrick, Christopher Gerson, Chris Mixon, Evan Fuller, Tarah Flanagan, Kate Fonville, Ryan Fonville, and Shanara Gabrielle. Jack Forbes Wilson reprised his role of “Harry the Piano Player,” providing musical accompaniment for the performances as well as serving as musical director and arranger. The rest of the cast was comprised of actors from St. Louis and New York, and students from the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts BFA Training Programs. “The production was very well received, and we had a ball.”

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is a nonprofit, professional theatre company in Winona, MN. Dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, education and community outreach programs, and theatre training, GRSF has become an integral part of the Winona community. More information about the company can be found at www.grsf.org or by calling the GRSF office at (507) 474-7900.

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