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McNeese to Present "Kiss Me Kate"

McNeese to Present "Kiss Me Kate"

(March 29, 2017) McNeese State University Theatre will conclude its 2016-2017 season with its first musical production in three years - Cole Porter’s musical “Kiss Me Kate.” This hilarious musical will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 5-8 and at 2 p.m. on April 9 in Tritico Theatre. Kiss Me Kate show poster
“Kiss Me Kate” is described as “one of the most famous musical ‘adaptations’ of Shakespeare for the stage.” Focusing on a theatre company putting up a musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew,” the show traces the main relationship between director/leading man Fred Graham and his ex-wife/leading lady Lilli Vanessi as they respectively portray the Shakespearean roles of Petruchio and Katharine (the Shrew to be tamed).

Fred and Lilli are joined by a troupe of traveling performers who play an assortment of roles, as life begins to imitate art and the action quickly moves from backstage into the production onstage.

The show includes such Porter classics as “Another Op’nin, Another Show,” “Brush up Your Shakespeare” and “Wunderbar.”

The play will be directed by guest director Walt Kiser and choreographed by guest artist Damien Thibodeaux.

The cast includes: Tyler Brumback, Fred Graham/Petruchio; Emily Lancon, Lilli Vanessi/Katharine; Joseph Comeaux, Harry Trevor/Baptista; Lara Connally, Lois Lane/Bianca; Mary Kate Core, stage manager; Ashley Traughber, Hattie; Layton Bergstedt, Paul/ Hortensio; Jeremy Johnson, Bill Calhoun/Lucentio; Isaac Thomas, Gremio; Andrew Casanave, first man; Zac Hammons, second man; Sean Hinchee, haberdasher, and Luke Connally, Harrison Howell.

The chorus includes Sarah Broussard, Elizabeth Barrilleaux, Himshree Neupane, Dwayne Vincent, Jacqueline Ellis, Kelly Caldarera, Jennifer Tolbert, Alaina Goins, Jeremy Rodriguez and Bob Jines.

The crew includes: Jennifer McHaffie, stage manager; Bonnie Randel, accompanist; Bridget Delaney, dramaturge; Jonathon Richards, light designer; Trevor Richard, set draftsman, Randy Partin, set supervisor; Diki Jines, Bob Jines and Gayle Materne, set builders; David Hamilton, costume design; Corey Tarver, sound operator; Diane Flatt, prop head; and Briana Delaney, prop crew.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for McNeese faculty/staff, senior citizens and youth, and free for McNeese students with a current ID. For tickets or more information, call 337-475-5040.

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at