Shakespeare's humorous take on the battle of the sexes in The Taming of the Shrew will be Tri-Cities Prep's next production, which opens April 23 in the high school's Grant Activity Center, 9612 St. Thomas Drive, Pasco.
The Taming of the Shrew is perhaps the funniest and most controversial comedy, said Nina Powers, the play's director.
"Full of irony, even bawdy humor, this is a true battle of the sexes as the story unfolds within the context of one noble lady in her desperate attempt to marry off her two daughters," she said.
Trouble brews as society dictates that the mother is not permitted to marry off the younger, more beautiful and much sought after Bianca until she finds a husband for the older, harsher and battle worn Katherine -- the shrew.
Enter Petruchio whose game is to find a wealthy wife. And though the younger more shallower Bianca is a looker, it's the challenge of the shrewish Kate that captures his attention.
And so the battle of wits and fists begins as only Shakespeare can tell it.
Student actors in the key roles are Evan Kruschke as Petruchio, Alexa Pitney as Bianca, Monica Powers as Kate, Taylor Graham as Baptista and Caitlin LeBrun as Grumio.
The student director and choreographer are Samuel Mota-Martinez and Veronica Jones with Jeremy Neufeld handling the underscoring and piano/keyboard scores.
Showtime is 7 p.m. April 23-24, April 30 to May 1 with a 3 p.m. matinee May 2. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students and kids 10 and younger are free. Tickets at the door or the school office.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org