Cool off indoors with hot KIDSTAGE ‘Kiss Me Kate’

July 9, 2013

By David Hayes

Now that Independence Day has rolled past and summer has officially kicked off, outdoor activities abound as the weather becomes more accommodating.

However, Village Theatre has something for those who enjoy a nicely air-conditioned event, indoors, free from the sun’s hot glare. The KIDSTAGE summer independent production series presents “Kiss Me Kate,” a fresh take on the Cole Porter classic musical.

By Jean Johnson/Village Theatre Shannon McEldowney (Lois/Bianca), Chandler Gerdes (Hortensio), Jake Nicholson (Bill/Lucentio), and Nick McCarthy (Gremio) perform the song ‘Tom, Dick or Harry’ in the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE production of ‘Kiss Me Kate.’

By Jean Johnson/Village Theatre
Shannon McEldowney (Lois/Bianca), Chandler Gerdes (Hortensio), Jake Nicholson (Bill/Lucentio), and Nick McCarthy (Gremio) perform the song ‘Tom, Dick or Harry’ in the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE production of ‘Kiss Me Kate.’

Director Tucker Goodman said the production should appeal to a wide audience.

“It’s for anyone who likes musical theater and who likes Shakespeare,” he said.

In the classic structure of a play within a play, “Kiss Me Kate” is the tale of a musical troupe trying to put on a production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” but nothing goes as planned through a series of backstage antics.

Goodman said the difference between a KIDSTAGE summer independent production and one the main stage develops, is KIDSTAGE is completely student run and produced. From the stagehand to the director, ages range from 15 to 20.

Helped by mentors from Village Theatre’s main stage, Goodman, a 19-year-old Seattle Pacific University theater major, said they were attracted to the classic stylings of “Kiss Me Kate.”

“It was written in 1948, the golden age of theater,” Goodman said. “It’s got a classic style, a jazzy style, from the music, the singing and the dancing. It’s a triple threat show.”

He added it was a challenge to produce a show of this caliber for a smaller setting, finding enough to do for a cast of about 20 teens and armed with a limited budget for the KIDSTAGE.

“But with anything, we definitely try to add our own twist while remaining true to the story,” said Goodman, a five-year veteran of KIDSTAGE productions.

Audiences can still look forward to the Cole Porter staples, “Tom, Dick or Harry” and “Too Darn Hot.”

Ironic, since the marketing campaign for the summer series is “Cool Family Fun for Hot Summer Nights.”

 

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‘Kiss Me Kate’

  • A Village Theatre KIDSTAGE summer independent production
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
  • 2 p.m. Sundays, July 13-21
  • First Stage, 120 Front St. N.
  • $18 general admission/$16 for youth and seniors
  • Tickets are available at the box office, 303 Front St. N., online at http://bit.ly/10El4gH or by calling 392-2202.
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