Waldorf Theatre Department to Present 'Kiss Me Kate'

Jason Eck
1/17/2011
 

The Waldorf College Theatre Department will present the comedy "Kiss Me Kate" by Cole Porter for a four-night run beginning Feb. 16 at the Smith Theatre on the Waldorf campus.

Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 through Saturday, Feb. 19. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The production will feature Waldorf theater and music students and include approximately 30 actors, 15 musicians and 20 technicians.

"‘Kiss Me Kate’ is a great show, a beautiful score by Cole Porter," said Robert AuFrance, associate professor of theater and director of the play. "There are a lot of opportunities for our vocalist and actors, and I thought our audience would really appreciate it. It’s a great musical."

The musical is coproduced by AuFrance and Blair Buffington, assistant professor of music, who will conduct the orchestra.

"Kiss Me Kate" features music and lyrics by Porter. It is structured as a play within a play, in which the interior play is a musical version of "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare.

Cast members in the show include: Samantha Kohner (Lois Lane/Bianca), Victor Schultz (Bill Calhoun/Lucentio), Sara Harper (Lilli Vanessi/Katharine), Steven Pals (Fred Graham/Petruchio) and Jon Aguilar (General Howell)

Tickets, which go on sale Feb. 7, are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors are and $2 for Waldorf students.

Ordering tickets in advance is encouraged. To reserve tickets, go to the Virtual Box Office at www.waldorf.edu/Virtual-Box-Office, e-mail theatre@waldorf.edu, call (641) 585-8585 or stop by the campus box office, located next to Warrior Crossing Café in the Atrium between Salveson and Thorson halls. The box office will be open 1-3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 14-18. If any tickets remain, they will be available at the door.

"Kiss Me Kate" is the third production of the season. The fourth and final play, "The Three Sisters," will be Wednesday, April 6 through Saturday, April 9.

Waldorf College is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer a Shakespeare minor, in cooperation with the history and English departments. For information about the Waldorf Theatre Department, please visit www.waldorf.edu/Theatre. For information about the Music Department, please visit www.waldorf.edu/Music.

Waldorf College, a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1903, delivers engaging experiences through innovative classroom instruction. The college offers residential and online bachelor’s degree programs including business, music, theater, fire sciences administration and criminal justice administration.