Kiss Me Kate Dazzles Audiences at Wesley Institute
Bursting with musical favourites, exuberant dancing, hilarious dialogue and incisive characterisations, Wesley Institute’s rendition of the hit musical, Kiss Me Kate enchanted audiences during its five show run last week, which included two sold-out performances.
Kiss Me Kate combines the comedic genius of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew with Cole Porter’s outstanding lyrical flair and musical insight. The ‘play-with-in-a-play’ is set in Baltimore, where a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew is about to open. Each cast member’s on-stage life is replicated offstage, resulting in ‘Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it’.
Under the direction of Herman Pretorius (Head of Drama at Wesley Institute), and with the exceptional assistance of Glenn Amer (Musical Director), Andrew Mortimer (Choreographer), Clare Heuston (Voice Mentor), and Wendy James (Scene and Costume Design); Drama, Music and Dance students collaborated seamlessly to bring this classic show to life.
Lead roles were played by Lauren McDougal (first year Music student), Denning James (graduate of Wesley Institute’s Bachelor of Music), Lyndell Arthur (first year Music student), and Luke Holland (first year Drama student).
Reflecting on the musical’s development, Herman commented, “The synergy was incredible; the way students from all schools gradually transformed into a creative ensemble.”
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