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Cast selected for musical 'Kiss Me, Kate'

Rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate"

 

The cast has been selected and rehearsals have begun for Marion Junior-Senior High School's production of the award-winning musical "Kiss Me, Kate."

The cast includes 37 students who are social distancing guidelines and wearing masks and faceshields during their rehearsals. Rehearsals are also being conducted in smaller groups for a shorter period of time.

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Details on performance times and format will be announced at a later date. The cast is hoping for a spring show, but director Shelly Thompson said the group will remain flexible.

"The musical is one of the high points of the year in this District and this community," Director Shelly Thompson said. "These kids have missed out on so much already, you would just hate to have them miss out on one more thing."

Thompson said "Kiss Me, Kate," which debuted on Broadway in 1948 is a "classic" show.

"It's also difficult because it is a show within a show and the show within the show is 'The Taming of the Shrew,' so the kids have to do Shakespeare," Thompson said.

The cast includes:

Core

Whitney Welch (Hattie)

Tanya Hernandez (Paula)

Kami Steurrys (Stage Manager/Ruth)

Faith Rinella (Lois Lane/Bianca)

Ryan O'Leary (Bill Calhoun)

Kailey Kuhn (Lilli Vanessi/Katherine)

Alaina Taylor (Dance Captain)

Michael Hamill (Fred Graham/Petruchio)

Kailey Vernon (Harriet Trevor/Cassandra) 

Noah Mattison (First Gangster)

Noah Hamill (Second Gangster)

Alan Cruz (Gremio)

Mitchell Hendricks (Hortensio)

Noah Mattison (Lucentio)

Zach Conover (General Harrison Howell)

Violet Bourgeois (Wardrobe Lady)

Female Ensemble Singers

Alyse Buirch, Meredith DeYoung, Jillian Edinger, Alleyna Fulton, Alysha Kuhn

High School Ensemble

Maddie Bonafede, Ashley Bulger, Carly Chapman, Cameron Gottermeier, Aeris Maynard, Kayla McNutt, Adrianna VanCamp

Middle School Ensemble

Isabella Keyser, Ashllyn Maynard,
Aaron Meyer, Cora Muller