By Breton Carter
In the headline above and on the signs across the island, you may have noticed the quotation marks around the words “Taming” and “Shrew.” These speak to the fresh perspective the 2017 Community Shakespeare performance will take on the classic play. Subtly and poignantly, the ‘taming’ becomes a story of hidden love in sixteenth century Italy. While maintaining traditional humor and the usual complex, Shakespearean storyline, this production is reminiscent of 2011’s The Laramie Project. If you enjoyed that show, we hope you will join us for this version of “The Taming of the Shrew.”
This year, Community Shakespeare Company (CSC) presents its 24th production on Lopez Island. The annual festival has played a significant role (no pun intended) in my life, shaping my experience in and with the theatre, as well as my relationship to the Lopez Community. As the daughter of the director and as an actress who has participated in 15 of the CSC shows, I am especially pleased to add this “Taming of the Shrew” to my repertoire.
The perfect mix of humor and poetry, the performances will surely warm your heart and leave you feeling merry during these cold November evenings. The play follows the tumultuous courtship of Kate, or “Katherine the cursed,” played by Anah-Kate Drahn, and the newly arrived Petruchio (Kayla McClerren), who attempts to ‘tame’ and woo the feisty ‘shrew.’ Meanwhile, a bevy of men chase after Kate’s sweet sister Bianca, played by Nora Zapalac. This causes chaos and all sorts of mischief in order to win the maid’s love and convince her father Baptista, (Janet Baltzer) that each suitor has the greatest dowry and deserves the ‘tame’ daughter.
So, come join us for the festivities, the costumes and the company! As you know, the show wouldn’t go on without you — the community.
Performances are at the Lopez Community Center from Nov. 15-18 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at communityshakespeare.org, or in person at the LCCA and Paper Scissors on the Rock. Ticket prices haven’t changed in a decade: Wednesday, Nov. 15 is pay-what-you-will donation night. Thursday through Saturday nights are $15 for adults, $10 for students 18 and under. Doors opens at 6 p.m. with no reserved seating (except for senior citizens). We hope to see you there! And perhaps you’ll see me make a special appearance.