‘Taming of the Shrew’ sheds lights on continuous struggle for equality

By Erika Gill, Assistant Editor –

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Feb. 8, for the MCC theater department’s production

of “The Taming of the Shrew,” considered one of William Shakespeare’s most outrageously

funny and controversial plays.

The play will open in the Overbrook Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and continue

through Sunday, Feb. 19. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 3 p.m.

on Sunday.

Jarod Peterson, MCC alumnus, will play the role of Petruchio, a swaggering adventurer

who seeks a wife with a fortune. Allison Gilde will play a wealthy merchant’s daughter,

Katherina.

Also cast in the play are Tim Hegedus, Aaron Ponce, Noah Genson, Lexi Andersen,

Gabe, Cerchiori, Kendra Irvine, Hannah Erdman, Madisen Schuppe, Alyssa Scott, Robin

Carpenter, Sylvia DeBruyn, Pleachette Riley, and Cece Gorman.

Rounding out the cast are Dustin Day; Kirk Carlson, adjunct theater instructor and equity

actor; and Tom Harryman,, MCC theater instructor and chair of the Ars and Humanities

Department.

Adrianne Lewis is student director. Others involved in the production are Harryman, set

designer; James Allen, lighting designer; Susan Eyler; costume designer, Chris Farrer, stage

combat designer; and Bill Abbot, hair designer.

“The Taming of the Shrew is a love story," said Sheila Wahamaki, director. "It’s about

love between two people but also the realization of self-love."

A rich merchant struggles to find a suitor for his headstrong daughter, Katherina, but

even a rich dowry cannot attract anyone to court the fiery older sister of his younger daughter.

Petruchio, an adventurous firecracker (who would gladly court Katherina for her enormous

dowry), ends up wreaking havoc on her once independent life and her heart.

According to Wahamaki, the courtship between the headstrong shrewish Kate and the

not-so- gentlemanly fortune hunter Petruchio ignites the stage with masquerade, misdirection, and

a look at the roles we must play.

“He was able to create this story of female empowerment,” Wahamaki said.

One of the things that gives this play a contemporary voice is that it is being shown at a

time where women are standing up and using the voice that has so often in history been

trampled. Viewers will be able to see the stark differences between then and now as well as the

commonalities.

The cast includes both students to faculty members.

“I am so pleased with the cast members!” Wahamaki said. “It is especially wonderful to

have a few MCC alumni, faculty members, and an equity actor engaging with current students.

This type of experience elevates the performances of a young cast.”

Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for MCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The box

office is open from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and one hour before curtain time.

 

Featured Image: Jarod Peterson will play the role of Petruchio, and Allison Gilde is Kate in the MCC theater department production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew,’ to be presented Feb. 15-19 at Overbrook Theater. Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for MCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The box office is open from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and one hour before curtain time.- MCC photo.

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