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Bear Creek School actors perform 'The Taming of the Shrew'

'The Taming of the Shrew'
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The Bear Creek School (TBCS) Fine and Performing Arts Department will perform William Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 and 18.

Many of the roles in "The Taming of the Shrew" are double-cast to allow more students to experience and stretch their dramatic muscle.

Dr. Ron Lynch will direct the play, which stars Grace Carruth and Dagny Thomas as Katharina; Seth McBride and Matthew Meyer as Petruchio; James Geiger and Benjamin Lee as Baptista; Lauren South and Kat Gibbs as Bianca; Sara Heimberger as Lucentio; and Rebecca Carlson as Tranio.

Set in the Italian city of Padua during the late 1500s, "The Taming of the Shrew" features the marriage betrothal of Baptista’s two daughters, Katharina and Bianca. Baptista announces that the shy younger Bianca cannot wed until the older, caustic, Katharina finds a suitor.

Katharina’s outspoken demeanor does not draw any prospects while Bianca’s list of desirous gentlemen is filled. At the head of the queue is Lucentio, who disguises himself as a scholar named Cameo and who places his servant, Tranio, in his stead in a ruse to get close to Bianca. Next in line are Hortensio and Grumio, who manage to stumble, bumble and tumble throughout the play in their inept attempts to capture the heart of Bianca.

When Petruchio, a rough land owner comes to Padua shopping for a rich wife and spies Katharina, he immediately falls in love and sets out to change her domineering manner. A frolic of enormous proportions ensues wherein all parties involved aggressively pursue their individual desires. The play concludes with a wedding feast wherein Katharina makes a long speech regarding the roles of husbands and wives in their interpersonal relationships.

All performances are open to the public. Tickets ($5 per person or $10 for per family) may be purchased at the door. TBCS Cornerstone Theater is located at 8905 208th Ave. NE., Redmond.

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