Shakespeare Press Release – Long Wharf Theatre

NEW HAVEN – Long Wharf Theatre’s education department presents its first annual Shake It Up Shakespeare event, The Taming of the Shrew, on Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21 at 7 p.m. on Stage II.

There is a suggested $10 donation. Tickets can be obtained at the door, or by calling the Long Wharf Theatre box office at 203-787-4282.

The production, the first in the theatre’s Shake-It-Up Shakespeare summer youth theatre series, is conceived and directed by Long Wharf Theatre Education Director Annie Dimartino. Carol Taubl, who performed with her family on the show “America’s Got Talent,” will be the musical director.

In a new twist on Shakespeare’s vibrant characters, Kate (Allison Frank) is a tough rocker – think Ani DiFranco, Pat Benetar or Alanis Morissette. Bianca (Chelsea Dacey) is a sweet pop musician in the vein of Taylor Swift. Baptista (Erik Z.T. Dossier), Bianca’s manager, says that the only way he will allow Bianca to sign a record deal is if the producer takes the rough-hewn Kate as well. Enter Petruchio (Sam Taubl), a down-on his luck record executive. Having managed globally dominant bands, it’s a bit of come down to teach Kate the ways of the music world. The magic of Shakespeare’s language will be complimented by a great soundtrack of pop and rock hits, played by the performers in the show. “During the conception phase and the compiling of the script, I read The Taming of the Shrew several times and found opportunities to mirror what Shakespeare wrote through music,” said DiMartino.

High school and college students ages 14-19 from Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, Trumbull, West Haven, and Woodbridge comprise the cast. “Throughout the audition process I was excited every single day because the talent level of kids here in Connecticut is outstanding. It was difficult to pick my cast from such a wide talent pool. I know that I am overjoyed at having such an all-star cast. Their focus, commitment and creativity inspire me every single day,” said DiMartino.

Due to the success of the current cast in tackling such an ambitious undertaking, DiMartino is already making preliminary plans about next summer’s offering.

The cast of The Taming of the Shrew is Henry Ayres-Brown (New Haven), Aidan Carr (Woodbridge), Chelsea Dacey (North Haven), Erik Z.T. Dossier (Guilford), Allison Nicole Frank, playing Katherine (Trumbull), Emma Glassman (Madison), Eliza Kanner (Hamden), Bowen Kirkwood (Orange), Lucie Ledbetter (Hamden), Caitlin Morrissey (West Haven), Emma Nanamaker (Guilford), Natalie Pacileo (North Haven), Samantha Solomon (New Haven), James Taubl (New Haven), Jeremiah Taubl (New Haven), Samuel Taubl, playing Petruchio (New Haven) and Kira Topalian (Milford). Paola Sanchez is the stage manager.

For more information, visit the new or call 203-787-4282.