Updated Thu, May 10, 2012 1:22 pm
On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, Celeste Parsons talks with Carol Ault, James Euto and Arielle Rogers about the ABC Players' production of The Taming of the Shrew, to be performed May 10-13 at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio.
One of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies, The Taming of the Shrew is a story of courtship, quick wit and disguises.
Baptista (played by Ruth Borovicka and Carol Ault) has two daughters of marriageable age. While Bianca (Jessica Cadle) has many suitors, Baptista has decreed that she must wait to marry until her older sister, Katharina (Arielle Rogers), also finds a husband.
Since Katharina is well-known to be a strong-willed “shrew,” two of Bianca’s suitors, Hortensio (Ken Bowald) and Gremio (Joseph Balding), decide to work together to find her a husband, thereby making it possible for one of them to marry Bianca.
Petruchio (James Euto) is new in town, and sets out to win over and “tame” Katharina. As the story unfolds, a young student, Lucentio, (Bethany Francis) joins the competition for Bianca’s affections, and many of the suitors assume false identities in order to escape the watchful eye of Baptista.
The cast is rounded out by servants Grumio (Karen Chan), Tranio (David Potts), Curtis (Christine Brady), and Nathaniel (Terry Smith), Lucentio’s father Vincentio (Cecilia Rinaldi), a Pedant (Marlo Tinkham) and a Widow (Kaylla Steadman).
The Taming of the Shrew is directed by Celeste Parsons, who also designed the set. Costumes were designed and created by Marlo Tinkham. Suzanne Ragg serves as stage manager, with Ardelle Donohue as props manager.
The show features original music by Timothy S. Klugh, who has written music for many other community theater shows, including ABC Players’ Wyrd Sisters in 2009. This production is sponsored by Rocky Boots.
Visit www.stuartsoperahouse.org for show times and ticket information.