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2010
The Taming of the Shrew

Directed by by Robert S. Currier



Producer’s Perspective:

The thing about the summer of 2010 that I heard about the most prior to starting production was Set Designer Mark Robinson's pirate ship. The carpenters couldn't wait to build it. The actors were keen to play on it. The rope ladder was designed for our wonderful clown Nick Dickson to fall down without getting hurt. People ended up jumping off of it, climbing all over it, and -- for all I know -- sleeping inside of it on occasion.

We had a splendid time trying to figure out how to make it work (we thought we succeeded) for Tom Stoppard's Travesties, which is set in land-locked Zurich. And of course, it was perfect doubling as a Roman galleon in Antony and Cleopatra. Kids wanted to climb on it, and everyone wanted to talk about it. We put it on our T-shirts and everyone in the cast wore pirate-inspired clothes at some point during the rehearsal process, or at least said a few more "args" than usual.

One of the things I loved about this production was how colorful, vibrant, and visually fun it was. When we invited our friends at San Pedro Elementary School -- where we have provided a drama program for the past four years -- to attend, the school organized a bus and 40 people, none of whom was a native English speaker, attended the play.

I was able to give them a short introduction in Spanish, and I loved watching them during the performance. They were engaged. They might not have followed every plot twist, but they loved the silliness, the theatricality, and the fun of the performance. I hope it made them want to see and participate in more live theatre.

The Taming of the Shrew permeated every education program. We saw versions performed by 5 year olds, by our Young Company students ages 8 - 12, by our teenagers. Each group brought their own style to the story. This was the second year we had run a Shakespearean comedy through the entire season, and we were very glad. It was a great, light, happy show that delighted actors and audience alike.

-- Lesley Schisgall Currier

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CAST & Production Staff


THE CAST

Christopher Sly, an old tar - Gary Grossman
Lucentio, a young man in search of adventure - William Elsman*
Tranio, his servant - Mark Robinson*
Baptista, a wealthy planter - Stephen Klum*
Katharina, his elder daughter - Cat Thompson*
Bianca, Baptista's younger daughter - Alexandra Matthews*
Gremio, suitor to Bianca - Julian Lopez-Morillas
Hortensio, suitor to Bianca - Paul Stout
A Widow - Camilla Ford
Biondello, another servant to Lucentio - Melissa Arlith
Petruchio, a young man in search of adventure - Darren Bridgett*
Grumio, his servant - Lucas McClure*
Curtis, another servant to Petruchio - Nick Dickson
One-Eyed Bil - Miles Duffield / Jasper Hirose
Parrot Boy - Rhianna Smith / Jessica Orr
Keelhauler - Matt Franta
Arg - Crystal Munoz-Tesch
Scum - Allison Kruse / Amber Templeton
Squack - Shaka Folger-Basso / Victoria Lee Williams
Vincentio, father to Lucentio - Nick Dickson
Servants to Baptista - Jessica Orr, Amber Templeton
Violinist - Jasper Hirose




PRODUCTION STAFF

Director - Robert S. Currier
Producer - Lesley Schisgall Currier
Choreography - Cynthia Pepper
Costume Design - Abra Bermann
Fight Director - Brian Herndon
Lighting Design - Larry Krause
Props Design - Joel and Toni Eis
Set Design - Mark Robinson
Sound Design - Roger Clay
Stage Manager - Becky Saunders*
Assistant Stage Manager - Callie Rose McGreen

 

 

 

 

 


* Member of Actor's Equity Association

Gary Grossman as the Pegleg Pirate Christopher Sly

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