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Kiss Me Kate, the show-within-a-show musical based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, will be presented by Alhambra High School at 7 p.m. April 6, 7, 13, 14, and at 11:30 p.m. April 8 at the Alhambra High School Auditorium, 101 S. Second St. Winner of the Tony for Best Musical in 1947, this production will feature music and staging from the 1999 revival, which won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.
The story features dual versions of Taming of the Shrew, the on-stage Shakespearean production and the behind-the-stage conflict between its divorced stars, Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi. Add in a secondary romance between gambling bad boy Bill Calhoun and nightclub singer and actress Lois Lane, a parody of WWII Gen. Douglas McArthur, and two delightful, stage-struck gangsters, and it ends up with an evening of song, dance, laughter, and merriment.
Kiss Me Kate has been best known over the last 70 years for three memorable songs and numbers: Another Op’ning, Another Show; Too Darn Hot; and Brush up Your Shakespeare.
Starring in the lead roles are Henry Caceres as Fred/Petruchio, Lorena Coronel as Lilli/Katherine, Aryana Tapia as Lois/Bianca, and Thomas Keenan as Bill/Lucenctio. Featured roles include Mireya Caballero, Asha Lew, Jordan Rea, Alex D’Costa, Victoria Cervantes, Jeffrey Gibson, Nia Rios, Nathan Diep, and Luis Gutierrez-Mora.
The talented Ensemble includes Raquel Acosta, Angelica Barajas, Hannah Carrazco, Dekoda Dena, Dylan Dominguez, Fayth Garcia, Valerie Gomez, Tamara Hernandez, Midori King, Stephanie Knapp, Angela Lui, Stevie Maynez-Inzunza, Jessie McFadden, Mimi Munoz, Jacqueline Nisall, Aldo Pacheco, Marelia Perez, Khai Pham, Amaya Rios, Rachel Rivera, Rebecca Rodriguez, Eugenie Situ, Sara Suen, George Vong, and Angelina Yang.
Students have been rehearsing daily since Jan. 11 under the direction of AHS Theater Arts Director Rachel Snow-Fornari. Other professionals working with the students are choreographer Tess Johnson, vocal director Jared Pugh, AHS orchestra director Mark Trulson, and AHS theater volunteer Lew Snow.
Presale tickets (purchased before April 6) are $8 for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for VIP seating. They are available from AHS drama students or at https://ahs.myschoolcentral.com/. Tickets are also available at the door for $10 (students), $12 (adults) and $18 (VIP, if available).
As this is a fundraiser, there will be a bake sale. In addition, roses will be available for delivery to performers.