MARQUETTE - Marquette Senior High School theater students are performing a play within a play for their fall musical.
They will perform "Kiss Me Kate," a 1949 Broadway musical that was revived in 1999. The musical is about a troupe of actors who are getting ready to perform William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," making it a play within a play.
The main characters of "Kiss Me Kate," Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, play the stars of "The Taming of the Shrew," Pertruchio and Katharine, in the play and are formerly married. Fred is involved with Lois Lane, another main character in "Kiss Me Kate," who plays Bianca and is also involved with Bill Calhoun who plays Lucentio.
Senior Elizabeth Grugin, who plays Lilli Vanessi in the Marquette Senior High School production of “Kiss Me Kate,” rehearses the play Wednesday at Kaufman Auditorium. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
These love interests create complicated love triangles that are played out on stage.
The audience should expect a great production, Director Marty Martello said.
"My kids are really, really good and are doing a great job with this show," Martello said. "It's an entertaining show to start with, the script is really good, the music is amazing and I've got a very talented group of kids."
The music will be played by an orchestra of high school students under the direction of Janis Peterson.
The students will be performing the 1999 revival of the play. Even though it's an older play, Martello said only a few things were changed to make it modern, such as the costumes.
"We're kind of setting it in modern times in terms of modern dress and things like that, but frankly the script itself is timeless," Martello said.
"The love triangles and all the conflicts that are within the cast producing the 'The Taming of the Shrew' are also all modern and current themes. So we're pretty much performing it as written."
Senior Elizabeth Grugin, who plays the character Lilli Vanessi who plays Katharine, said her favorite part is that the script is really well written and that the music is great.
"There are a lot of little things you might not catch unless you're listening closely and the music is just wonderful," Grugin said. "Someone thought the whole show through very well."
According to Grugin, this is her first play within a play and with that comes some challenges.
"You have to be a character who is playing a character, so you have to kind of be three people at once," Grugin said. "You have to put yourself into the character and then pretend you're putting that character into the other character. So it's hard but it's a nice challenge."
The play runs at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Kaufman Auditorium. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors and are available at EZ Ticket outlets and at the door.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.