Wichita Shakespeare Company presents Taming of the Shrew

Wichita Shakespeare Company presents “TAMING OF THE SHREW” codirected by Chris Welborn and Angela Forrest.

The Wichita Shakespeare Company (WSC) opens its 2024 Shakespeare-in-the-Park series with “The Taming of the Shrew.”  One of Shakespeare’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 Kate’s family and friends. Kate’s father has refused to marry off the beautiful Bianca (Kate’s younger sister), to one of her many suitors, until Kate has found a husband of her own.

The play is co-directed by veteran WSC actors Chris Welborn and Angela Forrest.  The impressive cast assembled for this production includes Ashley McCracken-Christy as Kate and Nathan Betzen as Petruchio. The supporting players are Kevin Sowers, Chelsea Daniel, Braden LaBrue-Layman, Hanson Long, Jacob Steward, Taylor Goldsmith, Jeremy R Buoy, Kaleb Waller, Holland Lee Kiser, and Shane Goldsmith.

Shakespeare-in-the-Park will return to the very popular Central Riverside, Buffalo, and College Hill Parks in Wichita.  Parks in Park City and Derby will complete the tour. Additionally, a special inside performance will be held at University Friends Church.  All shows will begin at 7:00 pm, with an approximate running time of an hour and a half.  As always, the play is performed free to all audiences but donations are accepted and appreciated.  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.

Ashley McCracken-Christy: Katharina
Chelsea Daniel: Bianca and Tailor
Nathan Betzen: Petruchio
Kevin Sowers: Baptista
Braden LaBrue-Layman: Lucentio
Hanson Long: Hortensio
Jacob Steward: Gremio
Taylor Goldsmith: Tranio
Jeremy R. Buoy: Biondello
Kaleb Waller: Grumio
Holland Lee Kiser: Curtis, Pedant, and Widow
Courtney Marie: Widow and Tailor
Shane Goldsmith: Vincentio, Nathaniel, and Haberdasher

Exact park locations and dates are as follows:

All performances are FREE to the public.
Donations are gratefully accepted.
All performances begin at 7pm

FRI, 5/24 CENTRAL RIVERSIDE PARK, WICHITA
SAT, 5/25 CENTRAL RIVERSIDE PARK, WICHITA
SUN, 5/26 NO PERFORMANCE

FRI, 5/31 COLLEGE HILL PARK, WICHITA
SAT, 6/1 HAP MCLEAN PARK, PARK CITY
SUN, 6/2 HIGH PARK AMPHITHEATER, DERBY

FRI, 6/7 BUFFALO PARK, WICHITA
SAT, 6/8 COLLEGE HILL PARK, WICHITA
SUN, 6/9 UNIVERSITY FRIENDS CHURCH (INSIDE)

Poster design by Troy Dilport.

Auditions for Merry Wives of Windsor

Auditions for the September production of “Merry Wives of Windsor” will be Saturday, July 13 from 1-4pm and Sunday, July 14 from 1-4pm at a location To Be Determined.

This is a primarily outdoor production, and actors should be prepared for being outdoors in Kansas in late August and September. Rehearsals will be Tuesday through Friday evenings in the month of August.

All roles are available. Cold reads from the script will be used for auditions. WSC is open to casting new actors, new-to-the-park actors, and roles are open to all genders and ethnicities, age 14 and up. You may attend one or both days of auditions.

There are 18 roles available. In particular, we need three strong actors playing middle aged women, three strong actors playing middle aged men, and three strong actors playing middle aged people of any gender.

Performances will be Friday through Sunday at 7pm, September 13th through September 29th, 2024.

The abridged script being used is available at the following link. Edited by Jane Tanner.

Directed by Ben Blankley

If you have any questions about auditions, you may FB message either WSC or Ben Blankley.

https://www.wichitashakespearecompany.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/merry-wives-abridged-dir.pdf