Kiss me Kate program

Kiss me Kate

By Cole Porter

Season September 2006
Venue ANU Arts Centre


Kiss Me Kate tells the tale of two once-married, now-divorced musical theatre actors, Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, who are performing opposite each other in a Broadway-bound musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, in the roles of Petruchio and Katharina. Already on poor terms, the pair begin an all-out emotional war midperformance when Lilli discovers Fred sent his latest fling, Lois Lane, Lilli's wedding bouquet. (Lois plays the role of Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew.) The only thing keeping the show together are threats from a pair of gangsters.

Lois's steady boyfriend (and the show's Lucentio), Bill Calhoun, loves to gamble, and to avoid the responsibility of paying his debts, has signed Fred's name to an I.O.U. Gangsters have come to collect on it, and this show will provide the money that Fred needs to avoid getting his fingers broken. Fred, in turn, uses the gangsters to prevent the furious Lilli from walking out on the show after she discovers that the wedding bouquet was really meant for Lois and throws a tantrum, prompting Fred to literally spank her onstage. In classic musical comedy fashion, madness ensues, and both pairs of lovers are ultimately reconciled. Fred and Lilli presumably re-marry.


Director Cathie Clelland
Musical Director Rose Shorney
Choreographer Emma Tattam
Production Manager Liz Methorst


Lilli Vanessi/Katherine Libby Bancroft
Fred Graham/Petruchio Tom Millhouse
Lois Lane/Bianca Janelle McMenamin
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio Bryn Honeyman
Paul Adrian Flor
Hattie Judith Colquhoun
First Man/Gangster Garry Walbrook
Second Man/Gangster Brian Daly
Flynt/Gremio Scott Osborne
Riley/Hortensio Brendan Hawke
Harry/Baptista Berend Methorst
Gen. Harrison Howell Tony Turner
Ensemble Female Josie Dunham, Margaret Franks, Sarah Hull, Amy Kilpatrick, Eleanor Kirkham, Lucy Shanny, Denise Stephenson, Elda Sutton, Anna Tito, Jessica Bingley, Jane Kellett
Ensemble Male Justin Barrasch, Andrew Clucas, Neil Stevenson, Richard Block, Daniel McMillan, Tom Bingley, Phil Schubert, Berend Methorst, Ron Presswell, Scott Osborne, Brendan Hawke
Dancers Jane Faulder, Marie Le Brun, Zoe Holdenso, Julia Strang