Kiss Me, Kate

Book by Samuel and Bella Spewack
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Directed by Victoria Bussert

November 28 - December 28 , 2007

2007-2008 Mainstage Season

The Story

Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs – including “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “So in Love,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” – Kiss Me, Kate follows the backstage and onstage antics of two bickering romantic couples during a touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. Hapless actors collide with a pair of improbably erudite gangsters and a megalomaniacal U.S. Army general in an entertaining and enchanted classic story told on The Rep’s stage for the first time.

Creative & Production Staff

Musical Director: Dale Rieling
Choreographer: Ralph D. Perkins [credited as "Ralph Perkins"]
Scenic Designer: John Ezell
Costume Designer: Dorothy Marshall Englis
Lighting Designer: Peter E. Sargent [credited as Peter Sargent]
Sound Designer: Tori Meyer
Stage Manager: Glenn Dunn
Assistant Stage Manager: Shannon B. Sturgis
Casting: Rich Cole


Stacey Sargeant (Hattie)
Darryl Reuben Hall (Paul)
John Woodson (Ralph/Harrison Howell)
Jessica Leigh Brown (Lois Lane)
David Larsen (Bill Calhoun)
Diane Sutherland (Lilli Vanessi)
Brian Sutherland (Fred Graham)
Whit Reichert (Harry Trevor)
Steve Isom (Man 1)
Joneal Joplin (Man 2)
Andrew Cao (Hortensio)
Ben Nordstrom (Gremio)

Ensemble: Tyler Adcock, Michael Baxter, Haven Eaves, Megan Kane, Amanda Kloots, Kelli Stryker


Dale Rieling (Conductor/Keyboard)
Michael Buerk (Reed 1)
Michael Karpowicz (Reed 2)
Rob Hughes (Reed 3)
Nancy Schick (French Horn)
Dan Smith (Trumpet)
Wayne Coniglio (Trombone)
Jay Hungerford (Bass)
Chris Treloar (Drums/Percussion)
Bob Ceccarini (Orchestra Manager)
David R. Horstman (Rehearsal Pianist)

Additional Credits

Assistant Costume Designer: Heather Bohrer
Assistant Lighting Designer: Karl Kissman
Production Assistant: Cody Richard
Scenic Artists: Allison Larkin, Sarah Linquist
Carpenters: Greg Hild, Jim McCarthy
Stage Carpenter: Rick Shetley
Drapers: Bruk Longbottom, Virginia McKeever
First Hands: Theresa Bush, Nancy Williamson
Crafts Artisans: Garth Dunbar, John Inchiostro, Marie McInerney
Stitchers: Jude Bonnot, Sandra Davis, Lisa Drewel, Judy Eberline, Fran Ellison, Marci Franklin, Cara Kellmeyer, Laura Meyer, Rosemary Pini, Anne Stirneman, Jeff Wunrow

Sponsorship & Support

Budweiser Select

Kevin Kline Awards


Outstanding Musical Direction: Dale Rieling, Kiss Me, Kate
Outstanding Costume Design: Dorothy Marshall Englis, Kiss Me, Kate
Outstanding Choreography: Ralph Perkins, Kiss Me, Kate