The Nevada Conservatory Theatre presents Cole Porter's musical comedy "Kiss Me Kate" April 29-May 8 in the Judy Bayley Theatre. This great American classic features the best of composer-lyricist Porter, with such hits as "Too Darn Hot," "So In Love," and, of course, "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." Russell Treyz directs, with choreography by Angelo Moio and musical direction by Christopher Lash.
Treyz, based in New York City, has directed at Playwright’s Horizons, American Place Theater, Gym at Judson, La Mama ETC, and Pearl Theater Co. His regional credits include Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Florida Studio Theater, McCarter Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Northshore Music Theater. His favorite productions are "King John" and "Midsummer Night’s Dream" (Utah Shakespearean Festival), "Mass Appeal" (Actors Theater of Louisville), "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), David Ives’s "The Liar" (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), and "The Cocktail Hour" (Cape Playhouse). He is co-author of "Cotton Patch Gospel" (music and lyrics by Harry Chapin). Treyz is a graduate of Princeton (BA) and Yale (MFA), and the winner of the Drama Desk Award.
The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Lysander Abadia as Bill Calhound (Licentio); Amber Bonasso, Ensemble; Ashlie Carter as Hattie/Ensemble; Sam Cordes as Gangster/Stagehand; Ruliko Cronin, Ensemble; Ryan Dougherty as Stagehand/General's Aid/Ensemble (Haberdasher); Kelly Hawes, Ensemble (Padua Waitres); Glenn Heath as Harry Trevor (Baptista)/Gen. Harrison Howell; Steve Judkins as Fred Graham (Petrucchio); Krystina Kinney, Ensemble; Madison Kisst as Lois Lane (Bianca); Jack Lafferty as Ralph, the Stage Manager; Brenda Mandabach as Wardrobe Lady, Ensemble; Equity Actor Rusty Meyers as Gangster; Maurice Palmer as Dance Captain/Ensemble (Gremio); Zipporah Peddle as Lilli Vanessi (Katherine); Stephon Pettway as Company Manager/Cab Driver/General's Aide/Ensemble; Stefanie Resnick, Ensemble; Darek Riley as Ensemble (Philip)/Stage Doorman/General's Driver; Christopher Sailer as Paul; AJ Vehec, Ensemble (Gregory); Justin Velarde, Ensemble (Hortensio); and Carson Wilson, Ensemble (Nathanial).
The production and design team include production stage manager Heather Radovich, assistant director Stephon Pettway, scenic designer Dana Moran Williams, lighting designer Elizabeth Kline, assistant lighting designer Eric Haufschild, costume designer Judy Ryerson, assistant costume designer Jennifer Van Buskirk, sound designer Katherine Gonzalez, and technical director Chloe Joy.
8 p.m. April 29, 30; May 5, 6, 7
2 p.m. April 30; May 1, 7, 8
$33 reserved seating Section A; $27.50 reserved seating Section B. Discounts are available.
For tickets or additional information, visit the Performing Arts Center website or call 702-895-ARTS (2787).