Wake Forest closes theatre season with 'Kiss Me, Kate'

By Pam Barrett
March 23, 2006

Note to Editors: This a corrected press release. Please discard release issued on March 9.

The Wake Forest University Theatre will conclude its 2005-2006 season with the Tony-award winning musical "Kiss Me, Kate." The play, which will be produced in conjunction with the Wake Forest Dance Program, will run at 7:30 p.m. March 31-April 1 and April 5-8. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. April 9. All performances will be held in the MainStage Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center.

"Kiss Me, Kate," based on the book by Bella and Sam Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, is a play within a play. It follows the story of Fred and Lilly, a divorced pair of actors brought together by Cole Porter to perform in his musical version of "The Taming of the Shrew." The couple acts like the characters they play, and the success of the production is threatened by a fight on opening night and two thugs who believe Fred owes their boss money.

With numbers such as "Another Op'ning, Another Show" and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," the musical showcases what critics call Porter's best work.

The play will be directed by John E.R. Friedenberg, director of theatre at Wake Forest. The cast will include 30 Wake Forest students. Alexandra Beiter will stage manage the production. The set designer is Frank Ludwig, associate professor of theatre. Jonathan Christman, associate professor of theatre, is the lighting designer. Costume designers are Mary Wayne-Thomas, associate professor and chair of the theatre and dance department, and Lisa Weller. Stuart Moore is the sound designer. The production is choreographed by Nina Lucas, director of dance and associate professor of dance, and Debi Spencer, instructor of dance. The music will be performed by the Wake Forest University Orchestra, conducted by David Hagy, orchestra director. Vocal coach is Teresa Radomski, professor of music.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students, and may be purchased at the Theatre Box Office or by calling (336)758-5295. The box office is open weekdays, noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit the Wake Forest University Theatre's Web site at www.wfu.edu/theatre.