‘Kiss Me, Kate’ opens today at the Marietta Theater | News, Sports, Jobs
MARIETTE — “Kiss me, Kate” the latest production from the Peoples Bank Theater in Marietta, opens at 8 p.m. today.
“Kiss Me Kate” runs at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, July 1 and July 2 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets range from $21 to $34 and are available online at peoplesbanktheatre.com or by calling the box office at 740-371-5152.
The classic musical premiered on Broadway in 1948 and is set in mid-century Baltimore. The show within a show features nearly all actors playing two roles: an actor in a traveling vaudeville theater troupe and a character performing a William Shakespeare musical production. “The Taming of the Shrew.”
The cast, crew, and orchestra include regional talent and imported out-of-state professionals. Among the main cast, Samuel Witmer lives in Athens, Anna Caldwell is based in Chicago but graduated from Athens High School, and Avery Carlson and Aleksander Papanastasopoulos flew in from New York for their roles.
Director Geoffrey Coward, Music Director/Associate Conductor David Tadlock and Choreographer Jill Ruff addressed the challenges of auditioning during COVID-19 restrictions by encouraging remote online submissions earlier this year.
The production of the People’s Bank of “Kiss Me Kate” is visually different from past Broadway musicals that have appeared on the site, including “Oklahoma!” in 2016, “Cabaret” in 2017, and “Guys and Dolls” in 2018.
“We decided to take the ‘concert’ approach by putting the orchestra on stage with the fully costumed, staged and choreographed production in front, aided by occasional captions to keep the story in the story on track. lane for the public” Coward said.
The play has 27 actors and 17 musicians.
The cast is:
* Lilli Vanessi/Katherine: Anna Caldwell
* Fred Graham/Petruchio: Sam Witmer
* Lois Lane/Bianca Minola: Avery Carlson
* Bill Calhoun/Lucentio: Aleksander Papanastasopoulos
*Harry Trevor/Baptista Minola: Tyler Thress
* Pops/Door/Male Vocalist 2, Andres Moledo
* Hattie/Lilli’s Dresser: Madison Merlanti
* Paul/Fred’s chest of drawers: Benjamin Eisenhour
* Ralph/Director: Tim Tuten
* Harrison Howell as Chuck Swaney
* First man: Beach Vickers
* Second man: Christopher Bowmaster
* Riley/Gremio/Dancer 1: Orion Carter
* Flynt/Hortensio/Male Dancer 2: Tim Kelsey
* Male dancers: Jaston Brooks, Zachary Biggs
* Male Vocalist: Derek Smith
* Dancers: Allie Sheski, Courtney Griffiths, Allyson Dietz, Julia Ruggirello.
* Singers: Ellie Yeater, Victoria Humphrey, Lauren Giles, Hannah Nolen, Genevieve Shaftel, Karen Parlett