NOW PLAYING > Kiss Me Kate

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter; book by Bella and Sam Spawack

Directed by Thomas N. Tyler
Fridays and Saturdays, May 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays, May 17, 24 and 31 at 2:00 p.m.

“Another Openin’, Another Show”

These are the opening lyrics to our May production of the classic Cole Porter musical. And what a show it promises to be! Featuring such well known Porter tunes as "So In Love," "Wunderbar," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" and "Always True To You In My Fashion," this show is regarded by many as the composer's finest work.

Kiss Me Kate is the story of a divorced couple performing opposite each other in a production of Shakespeare’s Taming Of The Shrew. The backstage antics of the cast in many ways parallel what is being portrayed on stage. The couple's feuding and bickering, a secondary couple's involvement in a gambling debt and two comic thugs sent to collect on the wager all add to the hilarity of the show.

Starring as Fred Graham/Petruchio is Sean Carroll, who brings an impressive musical background to his Heights Players debut. Appearing opposite him as Lilli Vanessi/Kate is Allison St. Rock. St. Rock has previously performed with the Heights Players in Big River, Peter Pan and last season's Gala and workshops.

The comic role of Lois Lane/Bianca is being played by Cait Farrell with Jason Schulof cast as her gambler boyfriend Bill Calhoun/Lucentio. Both of these performers are familiar faces to our audiences from their appearances in main stage, Theater for Children, gala and workshop productions.

Other principal roles are being filled by Heights veterans Thomas J. Kane (Slug), Marc Hermann (Lippy), Terry Ellison (Harry Trevor /Baptista), Jay Braver (Harrison Howell), Erika Brito (Hattie), Leon Glover (Paul) and Sean Dearing (Hortensio). They are joined by newcomers Brian Levario (Gremio), Dana Di Angelo (Ruth) and Joe Natalzia (Pops). Appearing as Howell's military aides are Andrea Bernardo, Mary Lynn Suchan and Lacey Friedman.

Featured ensemble singers are Karen Mascolo, Ivis Fundichely, Amanda Mouzakes, and Erin Coleman. Featured dancers include Kristen Keim, Ginny Weant, Stevie Elle, Kellie Ferrick and Michela Imbesi. Other ensemble roles are being handled by Alyson Ryan Fuchs, Charlene Deen, Ed Healy, Steve Ackerman, Sean Kincaid, Adrian Miranda and Joseph Lopez.

Directing the production is Thomas N. Tyler. His staff includes musical director Anne Rebold, choreographer Michael Kidney, assistant director Tony Artiga, stage managers Leo C. Contrino and Casey Buttari, assistant choreographer Hilary Goldman, lighting designer Leo J. Contrino, lighting technician Jorge Brito, costumers Dina Grilli and Malary Nicoletti, set personnel Colleen Finn, Paul Keim and Gary VanderPutten, prop consultant Jan VanderPutten, special props assistant Debbie Keim and house manager Corrine Contrino.

Join us for the perfect musical to welcome the forthcoming summer because before we know it, as the show’s lyrics state, it will be “Too Darn Hot”. Performances are May 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8:00 P.M. and May 17, 24 and 31 at 2:00 P.M. Tickets are $25 and $23 for seniors and children under 18. Reservations can be made by calling (718) 237-2752 or by clicking here (24-hour notice for online reservations, please).