1955 - 1956

Kiss Me, Kate

Cole Porter was once asked who had written "Some Enchanted Evening". "Rodgers and Hammerstein," he replied, "if you can imagine it taking two people to write a song!" This was the essence of Cole Porter: witty, a little cynical but a master of the chic cocktail party retort and the irreverant sophisticated lyric. In the 1930s he attempted to perpetuate the glamour and sophistication of the twenties. When other Broadway writers were reacting to the Depression and incorporating social comment in their shows, Porter's response was to set "Anything Goes" (1934) on a luxurious cruise ship. It was one of his most successful productions and continues to enjoy numerous revivals. But during the mid-forties, he had three failures in a row. Thus, when Bella Spewack came to him with the idea for "Kiss Me, Kate", his initial response was "I don't think I could do it". He was finally convinced and went on to produce not only his most memorable score but his longest-running hit (1077 performances). The idea for the show began germinating in 1935 when producer Saint Subber, then a stagehand for the Theatre Guild's production of "The Taming Of The Shrew", became aware that its stars, Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne, quarreled in private almost as much as did the characters they were portraying in the play. "Kiss Me, Kate" takes place backstage and onstage at Ford's Theatre in Baltimore, from five P.M. to midnight during one day of a tryout of a musical version of "The Taming of the Shrew". In the plot, egotistical actor-producer Fred Graham and his temperamental co-star and ex-wife, Lille Vanessi, fight and make up and eventually demonstrate their enduring affection for each other -- just like Shakespeare's Petruchio and Kate. A subplot involves Lois Lane, whose romance with actor Bill Calhoun is complicated by Bill's weakness for gambling. The personal interrelationships of these actors make for delightful fun and are eventually resolved during the somewhat chaotic opening night performance of the Shakespeare classic.


Dramatic Director: Michael McKay

Musical Director: E.J. Robbins, L.G.S.M.

Choregraphy: Nesta Toumine

Cast

Ann Turcotte

Specialty Singer, Chorus

Audrey Jordan

Hattie

Barbara Wills

Servant, Chorus

Bob Rivoire

Cab Driver/Troilus

Daisy Mae Checkley

Nurse

Don Wheeler

Harrison Howell

Douglas Johnson

Bill Calhoun/Lucentio

Eileen Mahoney Wright

Lilli Vanessi/Kate

Eileen Parks

Servant, Chorus

Grant Wheeler

First Man

Greta Jensen

Nurse

Hugh Petrie

Harry Trevor/Baptista

James Harker

Gremio (1st suitor), Chorus

John Clarke

Hortensio (2nd suitor), Chorus

June Pritchard

Servant, Chorus

Kevin Conlon

Paul

Kirk Jones

Second Man

Michael Rees

Doctor, Chorus

Nick Michelis

Haberdasher, Chorus

Percy May

Stage Doorman

Philip Wiegand

Fred Graham/Petruchio

Raymonde de Celles

Lois Lane/Bianca

Ted Robbins

Orchestra Leader

Tim Hynes

Ralph

Audrey Stewart

Chorus

Barbara Lepine

Chorus

Barbara Morrison

Chorus

Bunny St. Pierre

Chorus

Colin Anderson

Chorus

Dorothy Beale

Chorus

Dorothy Gough

Chorus

Gustav Klawonn

Chorus

Hugh McCord

Chorus

Keith Harris

Chorus

Linda Cowan

Chorus

Lloyd Burton

Chorus

Marie O'Toole

Chorus

Mary Barrette

Chorus

Mildred Ker

Chorus

Norma Coll

Chorus

Peggy McCallum

Chorus

Rosalind Roger

Chorus

Ruby Rutkowski

Chorus

Sylvia Smith

Chorus

Beverley Bourguignon

Dancer

Charles Chalmers

Dancer

David Moroni

Dancer

Eddie Osborne

Dancer

Gay Weir

Dancer

Joanne Ashe

Dancer

Merle Wallack

Dancer

Murielle Abbott

Dancer

Suzanne Bourguignon

Dancer

Production

Al Hussey

Business Manager

Christine McCulloch Allan

Benevolent

Daisy Mae Checkley

Assistant Business Manager

Douglas Johnson

Programme Design and Layout

Frank Hamilton

Publicity

Lorna Rowebottom

Accompanist

Mary Barrette

Properties

Mildred Ker

Costumes

Ronald M. Craig

House Manager

Ruby Rutkowsky

Social and Entertainment

Ted Hothersall

House and Maintenance

Tim Hynes

Stage Manager, Workshop Chairman

W.E. Fancott

Scenery Director

Winifred Canty

Accompanist

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