Music Theatre of Wenatchee

Professional Quality Community Theatre Since 1961

The Short Shakespeareans
Director: Sherry Chastain Schreck

August 2-4 & 9-11, 2012 - 7:00 PM
Matinee: August 11 - 1:30 PM
Riverside Playhouse
Tickets available in mid-July
at Pak-It-Rite (509)663-1072

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, edited and adapted by Founder and Director, Sherry Chastain Schreck, and Performed by the Short Shakespeareans, “Short Shakes”®  will be staged on August  2nd, 3rd, and 4th and August 9th, 10th, and 11th.  Curtain time is 7:00 PM, except for Saturday, August 11th when we will also include a 1:30 PM Matinee performance, in addition to the Saturday evening 7:00 PM performance.  Producers are Michelle Littler and Selina Danko.

This is the troupe’s 34th season of performance; there will also be performances of scene excerpts for the Wenatchee Public Library and at the Linden Street Riverfront area (by the barn).

Spencer Canada and Maddy Atwood play the sparring Petruchio and Kate, and both are Short Shakespearean veterans.  As many of Shakespeare’s other plays, this one is set in Padua, Italy, the center for learning and a thriving Renaissance city.  Petruchio ventures to Padua with his servants, Grumio, to find a wealthy wife.  Signior Baptista has two daughters, the shrewish Kate and the temperate Bianca.  Both are beautiful, but Bianca has many suitors:  Gremio, Hortensio, and Lucentio.

In the main play, Lucentio, Maks Ballard, and Tranio, Madison Burril Littler,  travel to Padua where Lucentio immediately falls in love with Bianca.  Petruchio, from Verona, arrives on the scene and says he will pursue the tempestuous Kate because she has much wealth for a dowry.  He is as strong-willed as she is; hence the play is marked by their conflicts.  Petruchio is assisted by his Grumio servants, and Hortensio and Lucentio disguise themselves as schoolmasters to woo Bianca.

After a fantastic and unpleasant wedding, Petruchio takes Kate to his home in Verona, Italy, where he cues his servants to act as if they are abused by their master.  He wants Kate to believe that he is a tyrant.  Many amusing scenes follow, and eventually Petruchio “wins” his prize, Katharina Minola.

The play is marked by several characters disguised to trick Old Baptista Minola and Old Vincentio, the fathers of the men who are wooing.  An exciting wedding scene completes the play-within-a play.  The play has a happy ending and is one of Shakespeare’s most staged comedies.  It is a play marked by sight gags, slapstick, and joyous comedy for children and adults.

                                               Founder and Director, Sherry Chastain Schreck

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