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Dona Ana Lyric Opera to present "Kiss Me, Kate" Aug. 8th and 10th

The Dona Ana Lyric Opera (DALO) will present Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me, Kate" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, and Saturday, Aug. 10, at New Mexico State University's Music Center Recital Hall.


a for "Kiss Me, Kate" began when Saint Subber, the original producer of the musical, was a stagehand for a production of "The Taming of the Shrew." He observed the actors in the lead roles had a tempestuous relationship on stage as Petruchio and Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew," as well as one off stage. The story is a comedy and a play within a play, allowing for two stories.

The story begins as the cast of the musical "The Taming of the Shrew" opens their show and the show's stars, Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham, celebrate the first anniversary of their divorce. Fred sends flowers to Lois, a younger actress in the cast, but they are mistakenly delivered to Lilli. The opening night becomes complicated after Lilli's boyfriend, Bill Calhoun, signs Fred's name to a gambling debt. Fred is then forced to dodge Lilli and gangsters who come to collect the debt.

Porter set the story with a score ranging from the jazz music of "Too Darn Hot," the lyricism of "So in Love" and the Broadway song "Always True to You... (In My Fashion)."

The production is directed by Megan McQueen, a graduate of New Mexico State's music department.

"'Kiss Me, Kate' is as classic as musical theater gets," McQueen said. "The score is every bit as enjoyable as the Shakespearean dialogue and the plot is so timeless that it's difficult to believe that it first appeared on Broadway in 1948," she said.

"Kiss Me, Kate" is a continuation of DALO's summer high school musical program. The cast includes Anthony Kumpf as Fred and Petruchio, Ida Holguin as Lilli and Kate, Josh Peugh as Bill and Lucentio and Dominique DeArmond as Lois and Bianca. The performances will also feature Marco Jiminez on piano and some choreography by Isaac Quiroga.

Tickets for the performances are $5 and $8. For reservations and information call (505) 646-1993.

Sarah Wheeler
July 26, 2002