A2CT stages ‘Kiss Me Kate’

By |2018-01-15T20:02:23-05:00June 4th, 2009|Entertainment|

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre presents the rollicking musical-comedy “Kiss Me Kate,” directed by Edmond Reynolds, June 11-14 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
“Kiss Me Kate,” with music by Cole Porter, is the classic play-within-a-play about a Baltimore theater company’s attempt to stage a musical version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Former spouses Fred and Lilli play the famous warring duo of Kate and Petruchio, while Fred’s current love interest, Lois, plays Kate’s sister Bianca, and Lois’ other love interest, Bill, plays Bianca’s suitor Lucentio. Add to the mix two gangsters determined to collect a gambling debt from Bill, and hilarity – both on and behind stage – ensues.
“‘Kiss Me Kate’ is not only beloved by theater-goers,” said director Edmond Reynolds in a press release, “it’s a favorite of musical-theater actors. We had people from all over Southeast Michigan audition for this show, and the result is an amazingly talented cast of Civic newcomers and regulars. The singing will knock your socks off.”
“Kiss Me Kate”‘s music direction is by Tyler Driskill, with choreography by Rachel Francisco and Deedee Ulintz.
Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $12 for students. On Thursday only, all seats are $15. Tickets and information are available online at http://www.a2ct.org, through the A2CT office at 734-971-2228 or at the door of the theater before each performance.

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