Published DateNEW HAMPTON — New Hampton School will bring a different angle and beat to Shakespeare when members of the community stage "Taming of the Shrew" on Thursday, February 7, and Friday, February 8, at the School's McEvoy Theater.
New Hampton's production promises to be an entertaining one, with lively music, plenty of physical comedy, lots of laughs, and a few surprises.
"The cast has been enjoying their experiences with the play and look forward to sharing it on the stage," said Meredith Brown, who is directing the play. "I think it is important to make Shakespeare accessible to modern-day audiences and not only something they read in English class."
The production is open to the public for a 6 p.m. performance on Thursday and a 7 p.m. show on Friday with a recommended donation of $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The play will also be broadcast live on New Hampton School TV.
One of Shakespeare's great comedies, the story is centered around beautiful and gentle Bianca who has no shortage of admirers but her Mother insists that she will not marry until her shrewish sister, Katharina, is also betrothed. Bianca's suitors persuade the fortune-seeker Petruchio to woo and wed her.
The suitors pay for any costs involved and work to win Bianca's affections at the same time. Petruchio marries Katharina and he carries Katharina off to his country house with his servant Grumia. Petruchio intends to browbeat Katharina into submission and he denies her food, sleep and her new clothes, whilst continuously singing her praises. Katharina is tamed. They return to Padua where Lucentio has won Bianca and the two are to be married.
Founded in 1821, New Hampton School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory secondary school of 305 students who come from over 20 states and 24 countries. New Hampton School, which is an International Baccalaureate School, cultivates lifelong learners who will serve as active global citizens. Students benefit from an average class size of 11 and a student-faculty ratio of five to one. For more information, please visit www.newhampton.org.