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.

Wichita Shakespeare Company Presents A Taste of Shakespeare

The Wichita Shakespeare Company is proud to present “A Taste of Shakespeare: Celebrating 25 Years of Wichita Shakespeare Company”, directed by Ben Blankley.

The Wichita Shakespeare Company (WSC) closes its 2023 Shakespeare-in-the-Park series with “A Taste of Shakespeare: Celebrating 25 Years of Wichita Shakespeare Company.”

The cast includes Will Vetsch, Kevin Sowers, Shane Goldsmith, Taylor Goldsmith, Joe Adelman, Anna Bohr, Cassie Conley, Holland Kiser, Anna Kraus, Ed Belsan, Rachael Foster, Neal Zoglmann, Jane Tanner, Shepherd Kraus, Antonio Blankley, and Josephine Conley.

Shakespeare-in-the-Park will return to the very popular Riverside, Buffalo, and College Hill Parks for this show.  Parks in Andover, 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 two hours.  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.

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

Friday, September 1 – College Hill Park, Wichita
Saturday, September 2 – Central Riverside Park, Wichita
Sunday, September 3 – Buffalo Park, Wichita
Friday, September 8 – College Hill Park, Wichita
Saturday, September 9 – Hap Mclean Park, Park City
Sunday, September 10 – Andover Central Park
Friday, September 15 – Central Riverside Park, Wichita
Saturday, September 16 – High Park Amphitheater, Derby
Sunday, September 17 – University Friends Church (Inside)