'Taming of the Shrew' set Nov. 1-3
October 23, 2007

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     Sharp tongues, quick wits and the meaning of marriage wrapped up in one of William Shakespeare’s favorite comedies will take center stage Nov. 1, as the Hilltop Players present “The Taming of the Shrew.”Jessica Long as Kate, left, and Rob Yates as Petruchio, get a pointer from director Monica Woodlief.
     Mr. Bernie Belisle, director of the theatre program, said he planned to do a Shakespeare play this fall and invited former student Monica Rollins Woodlief to direct. She chose the play.
     “The Taming of the Shrew” has always been one of my favorites,” she said. “I admire Katherine so much that I wanted a chance to dig deep into her character, and this is it.” Mrs. Woodlief said the themes of what makes a marriage work and respect between individuals give the Elizabethan drama a timeless appeal.
     The play tells the story of Petruchio and Kate, played by Rob Yates and Jessica Long, who are matched in wit and stubbornness but not so much in companionship. Kate (the Shrew) is determined never to marry and Petruchio is just as determined to marry her. Kate’s sister Bianca, played by Stacy Bradshaw, falls in love with Lucentio, played by Rob Hargraves, but is not allowed to marry until her older sister does.
     Mr. Belisle, set and costume designer for the show, said, “I like to do Shakespeare plays in three-year rotations so that all the students will be exposed to Shakespeare because he was such an important part of history.”
     "The Taming of the Shrew" will be presented Nov. 1-3, at 7:30 p.m. in Rudd Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased through the Bryan College Box Office, phone 423-775-7500.