PERDITA, OR THE WINTER’S TALE: our first mainstage for the new decade!


Join us for our second Mainstage production of the 2019-20 season: a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic co-directed by Professors Gyllian Raby and Danielle Wilson, with Gerry Trentham.

Perdita, or The Winter’s Tale, views through the eyes of a child the chaos set in motion by a father’s paranoid jealousy. King Leontes’ psychosis is terrifying as he plots to kill his best friend Polixenes on suspicion of adultery with Queen Hermione. But when he threatens the lives of the Queen and her newborn daughter, Leontes succeeds only in killing his heir, the ailing prince Maximillius. In the storm of recrimination that follows, Max steps out of Time to save his baby sister, manipulating the Winter’s Tale by imagining reality anew.

The Department of Dramatic Arts presents this sad tale with a happy ending. The Winter’s Tale is Maximillius’ attempt to explore the situation that is destroying him, to understand its consequences and to bind his world together.

Read the review in the Brock Press.

See the teaser video taken during rehearsal and featuring interviews with the Assistant Directors Rina Wilkins and Emma McCormick, and performer Jasmine Case (Perdita) from YourTV Niagara.

perspective drawing view of the set, designed by Nigel Scott

Artistic Direction for our production of Perdita, or The Winter’s Tale.

The text of 1612 has been re-imagined into the Cold War era of 1970’s where Shakespeare’s ‘evil’ Sicilia is an Iron Curtain country kind of power imagined by John LeCarré and ‘festive’ Bohemia is a flower-power realm where kids rebel against their parents’ values.

It is a tale of lostness and belonging, of trust-betrayed and loyalty. The craving of a child or youth to understand adulthood, and of people stuck in a role or gender to experience its opposite, is our focus. This is a production where the god and mortal “he” is socially constructed and can be played by actors of any biological sex.

costume designs by Alexandra Lord. (l-r: Leontes, Polixenes, Dorcas, and Perdita)

Bring your students to a special matinee performance of Perdita, or The Winter’s Tale on March 06, 2020 at 11:30 am. Group tickets start at $13 each, and discounts available. We are pleased to offer a talkback and Q & A with the actors and creative team after the matinée on March 6th. Should you be interested, contact us for more information. Curriculum connections include Shakespeare Studies, English Literature, World Studies, History, Gender Studies and Drama Studies. The performance of Perdita is appropriate for high school audiences.

To book your school, please contact the Production Manager Brian Cumberland for all group ticket purchases: . If you are interested in booking a tour of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts prior to the show, please e-mail .

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When: Feb. 28 and 29, 2020 — 7:30 p.m.
March 1, 2020 — 2 p.m.
March 6, 2020 —11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
March 7, 2020 — 7:30 p.m.

Where: Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines

The Marilyn I. Walker Theatre is situated at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, located at 15 Artists’ Common in downtown St. Catharines, L2R 0B5. We are adjacent to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and the Meridian Centre.

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Directed by Danielle Wilson and Gyllian Raby, with Gerry Trentham
Set Design by Nigel Scott
Costume Design by Alexandra Lord
Lighting Design by Chris Malkowski
Sound Design and Music by Max Holten-Andersen
Assistant Direction by Rina Wilkins and Emma McCormick.

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Stage Manager: Jordine De Guzman
Asst Stage Manager Elizabeth Martin and Diego Blanco
Production Manager: Brian Cumberland
Technical Director: Gavin Fearon
Shop Supervisor: Ed Harris
Theatre Technician: Dawn Crysler
Head of Wardrobe: Roberta Doylend


Avery Delaney Florizel
Jackson Wagner Leontes 
Jasmine Case Perdita 
Jesse Caines Court Judge/Jailer/Servant 
Joanna Tran Hermione 
Juan-Carlos Figueroa Polixenes 
Lauren Reid Paulina/Shepherd 2 
Leah Rantala Emilia 
Meryl Ochoa Maximilius/Time
Mike Hammond Antigonus/Shepherd 3
Molly Lacey Clio/Dorcas
Rachel Frederick Dion/Mopsa
Taylor Bogaert Camillo

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