GUNNISON-- As part of its 2014 tour to schools in a four-state region, Utah's Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival will present Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew' at Gunnison Valley High School Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m.
Sponsored locally by the Casino Star Theatre Foundation, this rollicking he/she comedy is sure to delight audiences of all ages. The evening performance is open to the public with discount tickets available for seniors and students.
The 10-person crew, eight of whom are also the actors for the show, will arrive about 11 a.m., to set up the stage for a gypsy camp of wandering performers. Mark Lyons and his student theatre techs will assist in fine-tuning the light and sound systems. Lyons performed with the Shakespeare Festival Green Show before he began his teaching career.
One of the gypsies, Seignor Baptista, has two daughters. The younger has many suitors, but the elder has none due to her crabby ways. Yet Baptista will not allow the younger to marry unless "Kate the Curst" is married first. Then the gypsy camp encounters Petruchio, who is seeking a rich wife. He cares not, he says, for beauty, kindness, age, or health, so long as she is wealthy.
Some people think Petruchio "tames" Kate and makes her behave by taking the spunk out of her. Others believe Kate catches on to his silly games and by letting him believe she is giving in to him is actually seizing the reins that turn him into a devoted and gently loving husband.
Tickets are available online at http://www.casinostartheatre.com/buy-ticketsetc-online.html, or at Rasmussen's Ace Hardware and Gunnison Implement, Gunnison; Kopy Katz Printing, Ephraim; and at the auditorium door at Gunnison High.
For additional information, call Diana Spencer at 435-979-2798.