HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 29, 2012 – The High Point University department of theatre is presenting the classic production of the musical “Kiss Me Kate” – Cole Porter’s irresistibly funny battle of the sexes. The production will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15-17 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. It is open to the public, and tickets are available for purchase.
The department of theatre is performing the contemporary and jazzy 1999 version of the classic “Kiss Me Kate,” which features Cole Porter songs and show-stopping dances that will delight audiences of all ages. In the show, performers and ex-lovers Fred and Lilli work together to stage a musical version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” The show combines their feuding romance, a couple of bumbling gangsters and a collection of exciting songs for an irresistible entertainment experience.
Directed by Jay Putnam, assistant professor of theatre, the production stars seniors William Allison, Chrissy Bracken, Lauren Henkel and Turner Morehead; juniors Justin Beard, Chaz Duffy, Courtney Feiman, Alex Palmer and Kelsey Swann; sophomores Kimberly Felden, Madison Jordan, Doug Payne, Caleb Redslob, Stephen Sargeant, Ashley Siebeneichen, Josh Stein and Fiona White; and freshmen Anthony Boucher and Allyson Goff. Stage manager is sophomore Sarah Thompson, and designers include faculty Ami Shupe, Matthew Emerson and Russell Hill. The play will also feature choreography by Cara Hagan, instructor of dance, and musical direction by Scott MacLeod, assistant professor of music.
“‘Kiss Me Kate’ is a wonderful classic from the grand old days of big bold musicals,” Putnam says. “It’s also a wonderful homage to the excitement of live theatre, and all the effort that the performers pour into the finished product.”
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and under. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the HPU box office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.