“Kiss Me Kate” Opens at Alhambra High School April 6


Alhambra , CA United States

“Kiss Me Kate,” the show-within-a-show musical based on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” will be presented by Alhambra High School the first two weeks in April. Winner of the Tony for Best Musical in 1947, this production will feature music and staging from the 1999 revival, which won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. Performances are April 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7 pm, and April 8 at 11:30 pm at the Alhambra High School Auditorium.

The story features dual versions of “Taming of the Shrew” – the on-stage Shakespearean production and the behind-the-stage conflict between its divorced stars, Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi. Add in a secondary romance between gambling bad boy Bill Calhoun and nightclub singer/actress Lois Lane, a parody of WWII Gen. Douglas McArthur, and two delightful, stage-struck gangsters, and we end up with an evening of song, dance, laughter and merriment.

“Kiss Me Kate” has been best known over the last 70 years for three memorable songs/numbers, “Another Op’ning, Another Show,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.”

Starring in the lead roles are Henry Caceres as Fred/Petruchio, Lorena Coronel as Lilli/Katherine, Aryana Tapia as Lois/Bianca and Thomas Keenan as Bill/Lucenctio. Featured roles include Mireya Caballero, Asha Lew, Jordan Rea, Alex D’Costa, Victoria Cervantes, Jeffrey Gibson, Nia Rios, Nathan Diep, and Luis Gutierrez-Mora.

The talented Ensemble includes Raquel Acosta, Angelica Barajas, Hannah Carrazco, Dekoda Dena, Dylan Dominguez, Fayth Garcia, Valerie Gomez, Tamara Hernandez, Midori King, Stephanie Knapp, Angela Lui, Stevie Maynez-Inzunza, Jessie McFadden, Mimi Munoz, Jacqueline Nisall, Aldo Pacheco, Marelia Perez, Khai Pham, Amaya Rios, Rachel Rivera, Rebecca Rodriguez, Eugenie Situ, Sara Suen, George Vong and Angelina Yang.

Students have been rehearsing daily since January 11 under the direction of AHS Theater Arts Director Rachel Snow-Fornari. Other professionals working with the students are Choreographer Tess Johnson, Vocal Director Jared Pugh, AHS Orchestra Director Mark Trulson, and AHS Theater Volunteer Lew Snow.

Presale tickets (purchased before April 6) are $8 for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for VIP seating. They’re available from AHS drama students or at https://ahs.myschoolcentral.com/. Tickets are also available at the door for $10 (students), $12 (adults) and $18 (VIP, if available). Alhambra High School Auditorium is located at 101 S. Second Street.

As a fundraiser there will be a bake sale. In addition roses will be available for delivery to performers.

For more information go to www.alhambrathespians.com or contact AHS Theater Arts Director Rachel Snow at snow_rachel@ausd.us.

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