Taming of the Shrew" Opens Kelsey Theatre Summer Season June 27-July
A classic battle
of the sexes is about to begin. The summer series at MCCC's (MCCC)
Kelsey Theatre opens with "The Taming of the Shrew,"
presented by Shakespeare '70, Mercer County's classic repertory
theater company. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays June
27, 28, July 4 and 5 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, June 29 and July 6
at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West
Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. There will be a silent
auction in the lobby on Saturday, July 5. Bidding will begin at
Featured in Shakespeare '70's version are: Stephen Kazakoff as Petruchio,
Fred Halperin as Grumio, Mort Paterson as Baptista Minola, Ken Ammerman
as Vincentio, Rudy Basso as Lucentio, Dale Simon as Gremio, Rupert
Hinton as Hortensio, James Introcaso as Tranio, Patrick Albanesius
as Biondello, Roger Lienhardt as Pedant, Tom Moffit as Tailor, Carol
Kehoe as Katharina, Christie Leigh Carver as Bianca and Susan Blair
as the Widow.
Kazakoff is Petruchio and
Carole Kehoe is Katharina.
Shakespeare's comedic play within a play unfolds as the tensions
of male chauvinism meet the 16th century's version of women's lib.
Protagonist Petruchio, a poverty-stricken gentleman from Verona,
journeys to Padua in search of a wealthy wife. There he encounters
the fiery, unruly Katharina, who leads him on a merry chase before
agreeing to marry him. Their honeymoon becomes a clash of wits and
insults, with Kate as determined to maintain her independence as
Petruchio is to "tame" her. Ultimately Kate comes to understand
her mate's need for power and develops a strategy to keep both of
them satisfied. This multi-themed play has been adapted numerous
times for opera, stage, screen and musical theater, including Cole
Porter's well-known version, "Kiss Me Kate."
Tickets for "Taming of the Shrew" are $14 for adults,
$12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Free parking
is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre
is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices
Kelsey Theatre Summer Series shows include "Oliver" from
July 11-20; "The Fantasticks" from July 25-Aug. 3; and
"Winnie the Pooh" from Aug. 15-Aug. 24. For a complete
schedule and ticket information, visit the Kelsey Theatre
website or call the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.
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