Summertime is Here!
Hello new friends!
Let me introduce myself – my name is Christine Quintana and for July and August, I will be in the Carousel office working as the Marketing and Audience Services Coordinator for the Teen Shakespeare Program! Summer is always an exciting time here at Carousel. As the mainstage season winds down until the fall, our building is taken over by over a dozen talented teen actors as they rehearse a full length production of one of Shakespeare’s classics. This culminates in a fully staged run of their show at the Performance Works outdoor stage in the first two weeks of August and… get this… it’s free! The Teen Shakespeare Program offers talented young actors the chance to rehearse and perform in a professional environment, and makes high-quality live theatre accessible to the public free of charge. Just another reason we all love summertime!
This year Carole and the TSP Company will be taking on The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s classic comedy of the battle of wits between the feisty Kate and the strong-willed Petruchio. Kate has no need for a husband, but her mother decrees that her lovely sister Bianca cannot wed until Kate is married. Petruchio is set on wedding and wooing Kate (in that order) – meanwhile Bianca is courted by three suitors at once! Comedy ensues as Petruchio wins over the spirited Kate, and romance abounds. Sound familiar? Here are two famous remakes of the Shakespearean classic…
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, the city of Padua becomes Padua High in this modern retelling. Patrick Verona (Ledger) woos the prickly Kat Stratford (Stiles) in one of the most fabulous 90s movie moments – who can forget Ledger belting out “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” while being chased by campus police? A modern classic!
Kiss Me Kate (1948)“Come on, and kiss me Kate!” – this famous line from The Taming of the Shrew inspired Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical. Featuring tunes like “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”, “Too Darn Hot” and “Always True To You (In My Fashion)”, Porter presents us with a play within a play, setting the action in a production of the Shrew as the lead actors (who are also exes) playing Kate and Petruchio battle their way through their off-stage romance.
If you like these retellings, just wait until you hear about our theme! Check us out on Thursday when we announce our theme for this years Teen Shakespeare Program production… you won’t want to miss it!