The William Woods University Theatre Department presents the musical comedy, “Kiss Me, Kate” Oct. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium.
This delightful play-within-a-play features music and lyrics by Cole Porter, and is widely considered one of Broadway’s treasures. It is based on the Shakespearean play, “The Taming of the Shrew,” but with a modern twist. Each of the four main characters struggle as on-stage actions are influenced by their personal lives off-stage.
Fred, the director and male lead Petruchio, (played by Cody Olendorff of Pacific, Mo.) must work with his ex-wife Lilli, who is Katharine the shrew (played by Ashleigh Emmons of Bothell, Wash.). Lois, who is Fred’s current love interest, is taking on the role of Bianca in the play (played by Rachel Petricka of Las Vegas, Nev.), and the other man in her life, Bill, is Lucentio (played by Michael Dodson of Mexico, Mo.)
Offstage conflicts arise as Bill’s gambling problem and subsequent debts accrued in Fred’s name become an issue when thugs show up to collect on the IOU. Fred convinces them that he will pay them back, but they join the cast so they can keep a closer eye on him.
Working closely together, Fred and Lilli begin to remember the good things about their marriage, and they begin to fall back in love. Everything is happily resolved when the debt is cancelled due to the death of the thugs’ boss, the thugs enjoy their time in the limelight, Lilli and Fred are happily reunited and Lois and Bill end up together.
According to Joe Potter, artistic director of theatre and assistant professor of performing arts, “These are exciting times in The Woods Theatre Department! The theatre department is growing and ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ is full of talented students, community players and technicians ready to give you a great evening of classic musical theatre.”
For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. Ticket prices are $11 for adults, students, and faculty; $9 for senior citizens (62 and up); and $5 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. No children under 6 allowed.