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Weston High Players Debut 'Kiss Me, Kate' On Friday

Diana Jean Sturges rehearses for Weston High's production of 'Kiss Me, Kate," which opens Friday.
Diana Jean Sturges rehearses for Weston High's production of 'Kiss Me, Kate," which opens Friday. Photo Credit: Deb Rehr

WESTON, Conn. – Weston High School’s Company will perform its spring musical, “Kiss Me, Kate,” starting this weekend.

The Cole Porter-penned musical tells the story of a producer-director-actor trying to stage a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” In the process, he has conflicts with his ex-wife and leading lady as well as more trouble involving another star, her gambler boyfriend and a group of gangsters.

The original Broadway production won the first-ever Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949. It is considered one of Porter’s best plays and is the only one to run for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway.

“This year’s set for 'Kiss Me, Kate' is unlike anything I've built in my tech crew career,” said junior Malcolm McClintock in a statement. “It involves multiple multi-story set pieces, making the production complicated and exciting.”

The company’s production will feature more than 50 Weston High students, under the direction of Damian Long. Jack Seigenthaler will play the lead as Fred Graham and Petruchio in the play-within-the-play. Diana Jean Sturges will perform the female lead as Lilli Vanessi, the play-within-the-play’s Kate.

The play also features Bobby Eddy and Annabelle Shea as fellow actors Bill Calhoun and Lois Lane, Walter Edelman as Lilli’s fiancée Gen. William Harrison Howell, and Kevin MacWilliams and Chase Troxell as the gangsters after Calhoun.

“I’ve loved every minute of it,” said Shea, a senior performing the final musical of her high school career.  “This is a great production to end on.”

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. March 15 and 16; at 3 p.m. March 17; at 8 p.m. March 22; and at 3 p.m. March 23. All shows are in the Weston High Auditorium, 115 School Road. Tickets are available at the Weston High Company website.

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