Director - Barbara Worrall
Musical Director - Craig Price
Choreographer - Jennifer Deakin
Production Manager - Susanna Henley
Wardrobe Co-ordinators - Lesley Silcock &
Stage Manager - Aaron Cawley
Deputy Stage Manager - Dave Mullin
Asst. Stage Managers - Graeme Scragg
Lighting Operator - John Bonney
Sound Operator - Stuart Johnson
Flyman - Neil Hampson
Signage - Ernie Silcock
Marketing & Programme Design –
Michael J. Scott
Katherine Minola & Lilli Vaselli - Jane Chance
Fred Graham & Petruchio - Mike Kelsall
Bianca Minola & Lois Lane - Gemma Lawless
Bill Calhoun & Lucentio - Peter Reed
Harry Trevor & Baptista Minola - Joe Youds
Paul & Gremio - Daniel James
Hortensio - Richard Stanley
Hattie - Thea Hall
First Man - Neil Silcock
Second Man - Phil Murray
Ralph - Malcolm Barker
Harrison Howell - Ted Owen
Theatre Company &
Citizens of Padua
Reeds - Gordon Macey, Helen Wilson,
Lysney Blair, Nick Wooton
Trumpets - Pete Moss, Dave Edwards
Trombone - Ian Woods
Percussion - Steve Jones
Bass - Jez Scott
Piano - Scott Smith
Synth - Kate Rooney
Performed at the Brindley Arts Centre & Theatre, Runcorn, Cheshire on the 20th - 24th April 2010.
Book by Sam & Bella Spewack
Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals of New York.
Directed by Barbara Worrall and Musical Direction by Craig Price
Kiss me Kate – NODA review (David Parkes)
Action from the word ‘go’ enlivened the overture as the boys and girls busied themselves preparing for Another Openin’ Another Show, with several new faces in the cast joining more established members.
The leading role of Katherine/Lilli Vaselli and Pertruchio/Fred Graham were given powerful performances by Jane Chance and Mike Kelsall, both making their first appearances with the Zodiacs. Gemma Lawless, who I recall last seeing as a teenaged principal boy in panto, also made her debut Bianca/Lois – what a transformation! She was partnered in fine style by yet another Zodiac ‘first timer’ Peter Reed as Lucentio/Bill Cahoun with Daniel James as Gremio and Richard Stanley as Hortensio.
The role of Harry Trevor/Baptista and Harrison Howell were in safe hands of society stalwarts, Joe Youds and Ted Owen respectively.
The two gangsters were ideally played by Neil Silcock and Phil Murray with well-modulated humour that did not go over the top as frequently happens with these two roles.
The principal line-up was completed with lively performances from Thea Hall as Hattie and Malcom Barker as Ralph.
The production was enhanced by excellent chorus routines and first class choreography accompanied by good tempo by a fine orchestra.
The scene changes were snappy enabling the production to move at a cracking pace with fine costumes from Charades and Kingsley Players.
A most enjoyable evening’s entertainment.