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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opens Tonight at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opens Tonight at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare will be directed by Jim Helsinger for Orlando Shakespeare Theater. The show opens tonight, September 11, and runs through October 6, 2013.

The sweet and amiable Bianca can have her pick of suitors-but only once her sister, the much less charming Kate, is married off. Fortune-seeking Petruchio rises to the challenge, but can he tame this fiery-tongued shrew? Set in the tumultuous Wild West, Shakespeare's unruly comedy gallops onto the Margeson Theater stage in a lively, high-energy battle of the sexes with a couple hell-bent on confusing and outsmarting each other right up to the play's unexpected conclusion.

The show runs September 11 - October 6, 2013, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.; Senior Matinees at 2 p.m. at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in the Margeson Theater, John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, Fla.

CAST:

Baptista........................................... John Ahlin*

Priest/Taylor..................................... Anachebe Asomugha

Philip/Haber..................................... Sophie Bell

Grumio............................................ Brad DePlanche*

Katherine......................................... Deanna Gibson*

Widow/Joseph.................................. Bridgette Hoover

Tranio............................................. Jim Ireland*

Petruchio......................................... Geoffrey Kent*

Bianca.............................................Melissa Mason

Hortensio......................................... Chris Metz

Nicholas/Officer................................ A. Ross Neal

Pedant/Nathaniel.............................. Joel Oramas

Curtis............................................. Jeffrey Todd Parrott

Gremio............................................ BranDon Roberts*

Lucentio.......................................... Chris Ryan*

Vincentio......................................... Ron Schneider

Biondello.......................................... Seth Wallen

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Director........................................... Jim Helsinger

Scenic Designer................................ Kat Conley

Costume Designer............................. Denise R. Warner

Lighting Designer.............................. Mary Heffernan

Sound Designer.................................Britt Sandusky

Stage Manager ................................. Stacy Renee Norwood

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION AND RELATED EVENTS:

Preview Dates: September 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Opening Night: September 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Senior Matinees: September 18 and 25 at 2 p.m.

$20 Under 30: September 20 at 7:30 p.m.

PROLOGUE SERIES:

Immerse yourself into the world of Shakespeare! Starting 30 minutes before each performance, Orlando Shakes actors will lead the audience through a workshop on the plot, themes, and major characters of The Taming of the Shrew. Free for all ticket buyers! No RSVP necessary.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY:

After the show, audience members are invited to celebrate with the cast, crew, designers, and Orlando Shakes staff at the Opening Night Party. The party begins after the show (approx. 10:00 p.m.) on September 13 and everyone is invited. No RSVP necessary.

PLAYSHOP:

School-age children can participate in a fun and creative camp during select Orlando Shakespeare Theater performances. Led by Orlando Shakes Actor/Educators, theatergoers' children ages 5 to 12 will enjoy supervised arts and crafts, play educational games, and maybe even learn a song or dance. For The Taming of the Shrew, the service is available to all ticket buyers on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. for just $15 per child. Advance registration is required. Call the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 for tickets and information.


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