Update: McKinney Repertory Theatre has corrected the times for evening shows to 7 p.m.
The classic “Taming of the Shrew” gets a new twist complements of McKinney’s Young Actors Guild on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb.16 at 2:30 p.m. Directed by Lisa Martin and produced by Jacob Correll, the performance will take place at the McKinney Performing Arts Center located at 111 N. Tennessee St on McKinney’s historic downtown square.
The Young Actors Guild is giving Shakespeare’s play new life by making it a “wild west” version. Bianca, the younger sister, attracts the attention of men everywhere, but her father won’t let her marry until her older sister, Katherine gets a husband of her own. Unfortunately, Katherine is ill-tempered and not the least bit interested in getting married. It’s the ultimate battle of the sexes as wits and words are vehemently exchanged between suitor Petruchio and his would-be bride Katherine as he attempts to “tame” her. Add in deceit, deception and colorful characters and the result is a hilarious show.
Cast members: Petruchio – Daniel Holland, Curtis/Merchant – Preston Fout, Lucentio – Micah Ammons, Katherine/Joseph – Ramzi Kelley, Tranio – Georgia Kirkpatrick, Baptista – Shade Regaldo and Bianca/Widow – Patti Hogarth. Rounding out the cast are Sara Tamimi, Abigail Evans, Kenneth McCalpin, Jimmy Teeling, Jay Ocampo, Reid McCalpin, Patrick Holle, Delaney Gaughan, Rylee Saltz, Kaitlyn Martin and Gwen Cappel-McCoy.
Production/Crew members are: Robbie Gemaehlich, Kallista Knight, Rachel Carnegie, Mahaganne Brooks, Michelle Dulin, Sophia Dulin and Ryan Price.
McKinney Repertory Theatre’s Young Actors Guild (YAG) was established in 2009 and already serves over 75 young people in Collin County. Its goal is to show children how important they are whether their endeavors are onstage, behind the curtain, or as supporters of the arts and it offers this opportunity to all children. Four shows a year are performed and every show is produced by the children. With the assistance of adult mentors, they choose the shows, design and build sets, contribute to stage direction, run lights and sound, create marketing, perform in the productions and manage the front-of-house operation. Visit www.yagmckinney.com for more information.
Story submitted by Stephanie Kelly