"A woman moved is like a fountain troubled." – Act V, Scene II
Shakespeare depicts a rough world where everyone is out for themselves – scheming, deceiving and hiding beneath disguises. Forced to marry a brash young gold-digger so that her sweeter younger sister may marry for love, the temperamental Katherine proves to be more than Petruchio bargained for. The Taming of the Shrew is a hilarious and subtle tale of determination: two absurdly stubborn and whip-smart people lock horns because they are both bent on achieving satisfaction on their own terms.
By: William Shakespeare
Guest Director: Pat Cook
Co-Directors: Jerry Morrison and Jennifer Hunter
Stage Manager: Christina Woolard (B.A. '12)
Petruchio – Nate Reynolds (B.A. '10) (Into the Woods, School House Rock Live!, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, The Diary of Anne Frank)
Kate – Joy Besley (The Sound of Music, A Little Princess, The 1940s Radio Hour, White Christmas)
Grumio – Buddy Haskill (B.A. '05) (The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Light Up the Sky, A Midsummer Night's Dream, White Christmas, His Girl Friday)
Lucentio – Mike Hull (B.A. '11) (His Girl Friday, Tuck Everlasting, A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Bianca – Paige Bourne (The 39 Steps, A Little Princess, The Sound of Music, Tuck Everlasting)
Biondello – Karissa Bedford (Gifted, A Little Princess, Tuck Everlasting)
Hortensio – Andrew Manion (B.A. '11) (His Girl Friday)
Baptista – Patrick Hendren*
Widow – Susanna Stichter*
Tranio – Zachariah Groat (The Drowsy Chaperone, Arsenic and Old Lace)
Gremio – Steve Rodenburg (B.A. '03, M.Div. '07) (His Girl Friday, Light Up the Sky, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Money in Uncle George's Suitcase)
Curtis – Nick Rader (The Drowsy Chaperone)
Tailor/Haberdasher – Matt Praschan*
The Cook – Emily Scoles*
Marjorie – Amber Farnum (Tuck Everlasting, Arsenic and Old Lace, A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Peter – Erin Boss Scholten (A Little Princess)
Sugarsapp – Anna Van Hoff (The Drowsy Chaperone)
Ralph – Bram Groat (Arsenic and Old Lace, His Girl Friday)
Two Crowd Women – Elizabeth Mol, Melissa Feddes*
Vincentio – Richard Mulligan*
A Pedant – Randall Burghart (B.Mus. '94) (1940s Radio Hour, The Fantasticks)
* indicates CU Theatre stage debut
April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m. | April 14, 21 at 2:30 p.m.
School Matinee – Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m.
$12 adults | $10 students/seniors
Order online or call 616.516.0000.
Learn more about these and other events throughout our season by visiting our Special Events page.
- Opening Night Dessert Reception – Friday, April 12 Enjoy delicious post-show desserts and meet the cast and crew of the show!
- Friday Night Talk Backs – April 19 The directors, cast and crew of The Taming of the Shrew give you insider information on the show.
- Alumni VIP Reception – April 19 Spend intermission with fellow alumni, enjoying refreshments that take their cues from The Taming of the Shrew.
- School Matinee Performance – April 19, 10 a.m. Bring your English and theatre students to a special performance designed just for them!
"The Taming of the Shrew" Production Photos
Photos by: Exquisite Photography, 2013