Kiss Me, Kate



KISS ME, KATE

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Sam and Bella Spewack
KISS ME, KATE is produced with permission from
TAMS-WHITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, Inc.
560 Lexington Avenue; New York, New York 10022
(212) 688-2525

Directed by
Elaine Meder-Wilgus
Musical Direction by
Jo Henry
Scenic Designer/Technical Director
Elaine Meder-Wilgus
Costume Designer
Laurie A. Kaplan
Choreography by
Jill A. Brighton
Lighting Designer
Jason Zanitsch
Stage Manager
Erin G. Albrecht

ABOUT THE PLAY
The Cole Porter musicals of the 1940’s–-Let’s Face It, Something for the Boys,
Mexican Hayride—were not vintage Porter shows. One of them, Around the World
in Eighty Days (1946) with a book by Orson Welles, was a bomb. It folded in a few
weeks. So much, then, was riding on the next Porter musical, Kiss Me, Kate (1948).
Had the new kind of musical –Oklahoma!, Carousel–passed Porter by? Was he
washed up? Not to worry. Kiss Me, Kate was his biggest hit and longest run–107
performances–and probably his best musical score. The book by Bella and Sam
Spewack, loosely based on Shakespeare’s Taming of The Shrew, is clever. We watch
the tryout in Baltimore of a musical based on Shrew and are also backstage of the
musical watching the tempestuous relationship between stars Fred Graham and Lilli
Vanessi (based on Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and their production of Shrew
with its backstage fights which parallel what is going on onstage). If the book
doesn’t always hold together and has holes in it – no matter. The show is fun and the score is great.

A personal note: of the more than 50 roles I have performed for SCCT, way up on
my list of favorites is the Second Man in Kate. Wearing tights and singing “Brush
Up Your Shakespeare”, who could ask for anything more?

Richard B. Gidez

Performed August 10-13, 16-20, 2005

THE CAST OF CHARACTERS

Fred Graham/Petruchio…………………………………….David Saxe
Lilli Vanessi/Kate……………………………………………..Laura Saxe
Lois Lane/Bianca……………………………………………..Eva Heppelmann
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio………………………………………..Eric Mollo
Hattie……………………………………………………………..Amelia McGinnis
Paul……………………………………………………………….Ken Wozetek
Hortensio………………………………………………………..Eric Brinser
Gremio…………………………………………………………..Michael Waldhier
First Gangster…………………………………………………William Daniel Daup
Second Gangster…………………………………………….J. Thomas Pogue
Harry/Baptista………………………………………………….Rob Arnold
Ralph, the Stage Manager…………………………………Lynn Donald Breon
Dance Captain/Gregory…………………………………….Mike Hill
Props/ the Stage doorman…………………………………G. Eric McGinnis
Wardrobe Lady…………………………………………………Laura Stocker-Waldhier
The General…………………………………………………….Mike Twomley
Stagehand/Phillip……………………………………………..Marshall Anderson
Stagehand/Cabbie/Nathaniel……………………………..Mark Comly
Stagehand/Haberdasher/Driver………………………….Andrew Kankey

Ensemble……………..Kirstin A. Kapustik, Katie Brown, Timothy Cole,
Courtney Kaufman, Danya Kotak, Samantha Melonas,
Adrianna Shembel