West Windsor, N.J. – A battle of the sexes is about to begin at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre as PinnWorth Productions presents the Broadway classic “Kiss Me, Kate.” Featuring Cole Porter’s acclaimed musical score, this comedy knock-out comes to the stage Fridays, Sept. 12 and 19 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sept. 13 and 20 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Sept. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college’s West Windsor Campus , 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew will follow the opening night performance on Sept. 12.
“Kiss Me, Kate” is a witty, boisterous play-within-a-play. Fred and Lilli, a divorced couple, are cast as leads in a production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. Their tumultuous backstage romance and the comic antics of the other leading couple, Bill and Lois, are brilliantly complemented by Porter’s rich musical score, which includes such hits as “Another Op’nin, Another Show,” “Too Darn Hot,” “Wunderbar,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.”
Starring in “Kiss Me, Kate” are Susan Fowler of Lambertville as Lilli Vanessi/Katherine; Tom Orr of Ewing as Fred Graham/Petruchio; Jonathan Polanco of Hamilton as Bill Calhoun/ Lucentio; and Rachel Smith of Cinnaminson as Lois Lane/Bianca.
The supporting cast includes Chris Arena of Ewing (First Man/Katherine’s Aide); Evan Bilinski of Franklin Park (Stagehand #3/Haberdasher); Reginald Brockington of Hamilton (Paul/ Hortensio/Riley); Christa DiLalo Petti of Edison (Ensemble); Rachel Garrettson of East Windsor (Stagehand #1/ Electrician/Cabdriver/Nathaniel); Bridget Hughes of Jackson (Ensemble); Dan Johnson of Ewing (Stagehand #2/ Assistant Electrician/Philip); Lindsey Jordon of Metuchen (Ensemble); Mariah King of Jersey City (Ensemble); Alan Kramer of Mt. Laurel (Pops/Stage doorman/Padua Priest/Gregory); Sean McGrath of Bucks County (Harry Trevor/Baptista Minola); Sally Page of Princeton (Ensemble); Nicholas Pecht of Ewing (General Harrison Howel); Donna Reed of Bordentown (Ruth/Stage Manager); Todd Roman of Fords (Swing); Lexi Schlaifer of Hightstown (Wardrobe Lady/ Ensemble); Roman Sohor of Old Bridge (Man 2/Katherine’s Aide); Tonya Treadwell of Trenton (Hattie); and Koren “KZ” Zander of San Francisco, CA (Flynt/Gremio/Dance Captain).
Jonathan Polanco, Nicholas Pecht, and Roman Sohor were 2014 Kelsey Award nominees. Chris Arena won the 2014 Kelsey Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast Member.
The show is directed by Lou J. Stalsworth, with musical direction by Peter de Mets, choreography by Renee Liciaga, and fight choreography by Peter Liciaga. The stage manager is Jon Cintron and assistant stage manager is Amanda Suchil.
Tickets for “Kiss Me, Kate” are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and children. Tickets are available online or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.
For a complete listing of adult and children’s events for the 2014-15 season, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure., visit: