The Wichita Shakespeare Company (WSC) opens its 2011 Shakespeare-in-the-Park series with â€œThe Taming of the Shrew.â€Â One of Shakespeareâ€™s most beloved comedies, the play tells the story of Katherine Minola, well known in Italy for her scolding tongue, who is courted by a raucous gentleman by the name of Petruchio. This is much to the pleasure of Kateâ€™s family and friends. Kateâ€™s father has refused to marry off the beautiful Bianca (Kateâ€™s younger sister), to one of her many suitors, until Kate has found a husband of her own.
The play is directed by WSC veteran Vonda Schuster.Â Vonda previously directed â€œTwelfth Nightâ€ for WSC in 2006.Â Vonda has also acted in many past WSC shows. Most recently, she was Lady Macbeth in â€œMacbethâ€ and Mistress Page in â€œThe Merry Wives of Windsor.â€ The impressive cast assembled for this production includes Elizabeth Anderson as Kate and Jeffrey Faus as Petruchio. The supporting players are Jim Crawley, Jamie Smith, John Sommerhauser, Dan Schuster, Kevin Sowers, Ben Blankley, Katie Corbin, Danzel Muzingo Bond, Joey LeCompte, Stephanie Brean, Robert Esau Rutherford, Ben Sanders, Amanda Montoya, and Jessica Fisher.
Shakespeare-in-the-Park will return to the very popular Central Riverside, Buffalo, and College Hill Parks in Wichita.Â For this show, the Central Riverside Park performances are being presented in conjunction with the Wichita River Festival.Â Parks in Andover, Park City, Derby, and Haysville will complete the tour.Â All shows will begin at 7:00 pm, with an approximate running time of an hour and a half.Â As always, the play is performed free to all audiences but donations are accepted and appreciated.Â Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and, of course, bug spray.
In the event of inclement weather, there will be a message posted at 6 pm on the WSC line (316-655-2017) alerting if the show has been cancelled for that evening.
Exact park locations and dates are as follows:
June 3rdÂ …College Hill Park, Wichita
June 4th â€¦Central Riverside Park (Riverfest Performance)
June 5th â€¦Central Riverside Park (Riverfest Performance)
June 10th â€¦Buffalo Park, Wichita
June 11th â€¦Hap McLean Park, Park City
June 12th â€¦ Riggs Park, Haysville
June 17th â€¦College Hill Park, Wichita
June 18th â€¦Andover Sports Park, Andover
June 19th â€¦.Hand Park, Derby
For additional information regarding this show or press release, contact Dan Schuster at (316) 655-2017.
Additionally, we must inform our patrons about Wichita Shakespeare Companyâ€™s policy of closed rehearsals. Â Attendance at WSC rehearsals is restricted to those people either in the Cast or Crew, or adult guardians for any minor cast members. Â Thank you in advance for complying with our closed rehearsal policy.
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Photography by Cassie Conley, Raymond Dodson, Paula D. Moore and Marsha Scurfield.