Kiss Me, Kate

Fall 2017

Gilbert & Sullivan

Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred Graham, battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes high jinks, KISS ME, KATE combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. Musical numbers include “So In Love,” “Wunderbar,” “Tom, Dick or Harry,” “Too Darn Hot,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” “I Hate Men,” “Always True to You (In My Fashion)” and “Another Op’nin, Another Show.”


Sala de Puerto Rico

  • Fri Dec. 1, 2017, 8 pm
  • Sat Dec. 2, 2017, 8 pm
  • Sun Dec. 3, 2017, 2 pm
  • Thu Dec. 7, 2017, 8 pm
  • Fri Dec. 8, 2017, 8 pm
  • Sat Dec. 9, 2017, 2 pm (note: no evening show)



Elyssa Bjorkman as Fred Graham/Petruchio
Caroline Spaeth as Lilli Vanessi/Kate
John Hanley as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio
Emily Gauthier as Lois Lane/Bianca
Briana Sky Riley as Hattie
Emma Brown as First Man
Lauren Campbell as Second Man/Paul

Samia Ahmed
Erica Flear
Judith Garber
Theresa Griffin
Andrea Humez
Lev Kandel
Bethany Kattwinkel
Chris Kreis
Tom Ostrowski
Kim Shea
Brianna LaShay Smith



Orchestra Manager: Rossana Chung C

Violin I: Rossana Chung C (concertmaster), Kylie Prutisto-Chang, Ashton Bush, Liz Clement

Violin II: Meghan Titzer, Jiayang Chien W'05, Rachel Kurchin G, Sandhya Ramakrishnan '10

Viola: Eric Salas, Isaac Brody, Catie DiElsi W'17, Elizabeth Letvin

Cello: Cecile Leroy, Henry Wilkin

Bass: Nate Melhorn, Kevin Strang

Reed I: Cathy Ward

Reed II: Mike Jacobs, Mark Finkelstein

Reed III: Aaron Chow, Mark Finkelstein

Reed IV: Emma Bauman

Reed V: Kevin Bergquist

Horn: Jeff King

Trumpet: Leah Reber, Amelia Gould

Trombone: Steve Benson

Piano/Celeste: Louis Schwartz, Mike Gallant

Harp: Cordelia Avery

Guitar/Mandolin: Michael Berkowitz

Percussion: Robert Durfee

Rehearsal Pianists: Mike Bromberg '70, Steven Schneider, Marnen Laibow-Koser



Stage Manager: Julie Liao

Assistant Stage Manager: Eryn Gillam '21

Assistant Music Director: Danielle Smith

Technical Director: Elena Sokoloski

Set Designer: Anna-Constantia Richardson C

Lighting Designer: Elena Sokoloski

Lighting Engineer: Mike Bromberg '70

Master Electrician: Mike Bromberg '70

Sound Designer: Julie Henion Richardson '11

Costume Designer: Meghan Jolliffe

Seamstress: Theresa Griffin

Props Mistress: Michelle Landers

Publicity Manager: Bethany Kattwinkel

Poster/Publicity Designer: Nathaniel Koven

Hair/Makeup Deigner: Mary Spanjers '18

Build Crew: Rebecca Graber W'11, Tom Tallo, Montita Sowapark, Eric Dion, David Wu

Lighting Crew: Tom Ostrowski, Luis Orrego '12, Lev Kandel

Spot Operator: Eryn Gillam '21

Photographer: Julie Henion Richardson '11

Ticket Manager: Emma Brown

Front-of-House: Sara Haugland, Meghan Jolliffe, Wyn Brown


Sala de Puerto Rico

  • Dec. 1, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 2, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 3, 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 7, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 8, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 9, 2017, 2 p.m.