Wesleyan Theatre Opens Spring Season With "Taming of the Shrew" and "The Tamer Tamed"
Nebraska Wesleyan University will open its spring theatre season this month with two productions: a Shakespeare classic and its sequel.
William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew will open January 21 and continue for two consecutive weekends. Taming of the Shrew is a comedy that depicts the courtship between Petruchio and Kate, a headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially Kate is an unwilling participant in the relationship but Petruchio tempts her with various psychological torments until she is an obedient bride.
On alternate nights, Nebraska Wesleyan will perform The Tamer Tamed, a sequel to the Taming of the Shrew. In this sequel, Kate has died and Petruchio is about to be remarried. His fiancé, Maria, is a sweet, mild-tempered girl, who is prepared to tame the tamer. This production will feature professional guest director Jason King Jones.
Performances for Taming of the Shrew will be held January 21, 23, 29 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. and on January 24 and 30 at 2 p.m. Performances for The Tamer Tamed will be held January 22, 24, 28 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and on January 23 and 31 at 2 p.m. All shows will be held in McDonald Theatre, located at 51st Street and Huntington Ave.
Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for students 12-18 years and senior citizens, and $5 for children under 12 years. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 402.465.2384.
The following is a cast list for Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed:
Bridgeport: Nick Myers
Clarkson: Beth Clausen
Columbus: Tim Andersen
Daykin: Jill Meyer
Fairbury: Libby Lutze
Gering: Kiel Walker
Lincoln: Maya Naff, Sydney Ray
North Platte: Whitney Mueller
Prague: Jen Wiederspan
Payson, Arizona: Christopher Bott
Grinnell, Iowa: Ben Stewart
Overland Park, Kansas: Caroline Vuchetich
Kirkwood, Mo.: James Hesse
Edina, Minn.: Kelly Houlehan
Houston, Texas: Jenna Mark
Menomonee Falls, Wis.: Kaitlin Klemencic
Mequon, Wis.: Cristiana Barbatelli
Milwaukee, Wis.: Sherrick Robinson, John Gleason Teske
Wauwatosa, Wis.: Patrick O’Hare
Whitefish Bay, Wis.: Thom Cauley, Sam Kishline