Kiss Me Kate

Our 2011 production was Cole Porter and Sam and Bella Spewack’s hit musical Kiss Me Kate.

The show starts in Baltimore and to the opening of a musical version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” A play-within-a-play unfolds, where each of the four main cast members’ on-stage performance is complicated by what is happening in his off-stage life.

Before the curtain rises on “The Shrew” we find out that Bill has a gambling problem. He tells Lois that he signed a $10,000 IOU for a debt in Fred’s name, instead of using his own name. Not long after Lois begs Bill to stop gambling, two thugs show up at the theatre to make it clear that Bill will have to make good on that IOU.

The score features songs including Another Openin’ Another Show, So In Love, Too Darn Hot and Always True To You In My Own Fashion

The show raised £350 which was donated to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust.

 

Cast
Lillie/Kate Jenny Rigby
Fred/Petruchio Simon Tidball
Lois/Bianca Roma Ridley
Bill/Lucentio Steve Ellis
Pops/Priest Alan Hollaway
Hattie/Dresser Debbie Langford
Ralph/Manager Brian Coles
Paul/Dresser Les Kenny
Hortensio Phil Harrison
Harry/Baptista Les McGowan
Gregory/Habb Geoff Williams
Dance Captain Gilly Meek
Flynt/Aide Eric Emberson
Phillip Richard Speechley
Nataniel/Priest Peter Mowlem
General HF Maxwell Harkness
Waitress Melanie James
1st Gangster Dave Smith
2nd Gangster Alan Anders
Ensemble Molly Fear
Ensemble Pam McGowan
Ensemble Teresa Walters
Ensemble Shivashtie Poonwassie
Ensemble Megan Rigby
Ensemble Naomi Wright
Ensemble Juliet
Ensemble Susan
Ensemble Nikki
Ensemble Bryan
Production Team
Book Samuel and Bella Spewack
Music Cole Porter
Lyrics Cole Porter
Director Jean Hobson
Musical Director Jean George
Choreography Roma Ridley
Stage Manager Jan Wolfenden
Song List
Act One Act Two
Another Openin' Another Show Too Darn Hot
Why Can't You Behave Where Is The Life That Late I Led?
Wunderbar Always True To You In My Fashion
So In Love Bianca
We Open In Venice So In Love (Reprise)
Tom, Dick or Harry Brush Up Your Shakespeare
I've Come To Wive It Wealthily in Padua I'm Ashamed That Woman Are So Simple
I Hate Men Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise)
Were Thine That Special Face  
We Sing Of Love  
Kiss Me, Kate  

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