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The Winter’s Tale

Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare
20+ Actors
Family Audiences


Conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Lear deBessonet with musical adaptation by Todd Almond, Public Work’s THE WINTER’S TALE brings Shakespeare’s tale of mystery and magic to life as never before. Featuring Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members, and special guests, this musical adaption will explode with authentic performances that come together to tell Shakespeare’s beloved fable of hard-won joy and the promise of renewal.

Casting & Production



ANTIGONUS (M): Narrator. Paulina’s husband. Abandons Perdita on the Bohemian coast.

TRIO 3 (M/F): backup to ANTIGONUS when he’s singing.


LEONTES (M): King of Sicily. Husband to HERMIONE. Friend to POLIXENES. Suspicious of his wife and best friend.

HERMIONE (F): Queen of Sicily. Wife to LEONTES. Warm and loving personality. Accused of having an affair with POLIXENES.

POLIXENES (M): King of Bohemia. Best friend to KING LEONTES. Friendly to the Queen.

MAMILLIUS (M): Son of HERMOINE and LEONTES. Dies after his mother is imprisoned for being wrongly accused of infidelity.

CAMILLO (M): Servant of King LEONTES. Ordered to kill POLIXENES.

PAULINA (F): Confidant to the Queen. ANTIGONUS’ wife. Bold, tough and witty.

ORACLE (M/F): Vindicates HERMOINE of all charges.


SHEPHERD (M): Finds and raises the baby of QUEEN HERMOINE (PERDITA). From Bohemia.

CLOWN (M): Son of the Shepherd. From Bohemia. Brother to PERDITA.

TIME (F): A young girl from Bohemia. (Ensemble)

PERDITA (F): 16 yr. old daughter of HERMOINE and KING LEONTES. Unaware of her royal bloodline. Raised by the SHEPHERD in Bohemia. In love with FLORIZEL.

AUTOLYCUS (M): A charming thief who aides PERDITA and FLORIZEL.

FLORIZEL (M): Prince of Bohemia. In love with PERDITA. Son of POLIXENS.

MOPSA (F): citizen of Bohemia (Ensemble)

DORCAS (M): citizen of Bohemia (Ensemble)

Optional Cameo Groups:


Capoeira dancers OR Other Dancers

Festival of Performers

Orchestral Information

5 Musicians

Piano-Conductor (Keyboard 1/Guitar1)

Keyboard 2

Guitar 2 (Electric, Acoustic)

Bass (Electric)

Drums (Drum Set, Triangle, Mark Tree, Shakers, Gong, Tambourine, Military Snare)


Adaption, Music & New Lyrics by: Todd Almond
Conceived & Directed by: Lear deBessonet
Based on the play by: William Shakespeare


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