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‘Kiss Me, Kate’ opens June 29 at LMC

Article Published: Jun. 19 | Modified: Jul. 7
‘Kiss Me, Kate’ opens June 29 at LMC

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Lees-McRae Summer Theatre is celebrating its 30th year of musical theater.

Kicking off the season from June 29 to July 6, “Kiss Me, Kate” combines William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” with Cole Porter’s music and lyrics.

This production will be performed at July 1, 2, 3 and 5 at 7 p.m. and June 29 and July 5 and 6 at 2 p.m.

Michael Hannah, associate professor of performing arts and director of “Kiss Me, Kate,” said, “With a witty script, unforgettable characters, a delightful plot (based on one of William Shakespeare’s most well-known plays) and tuneful melodies that you can definitely hum on the way out the theater doors, ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ is now one of my favorite musicals.

“Porter’s work is sexy and smart, as he breathes new life into Shakespeare’s story of the ultimate battle of the sexes. While it might not be the most politically correct plot these days, the truth of the story is what counts — that while our two leads think they can’t live with each other, they certainly can’t live without each other either.”

On July 13, 2013, Lees-McRae Summer Theatre lost a giant — Stanley Etkin, a long-time LMC Summer Theatre Advisory Committee chairman, advocate of the arts, humanitarian, scholar and friend to the arts. Teamed with his wife, Ruth, the two worked together for countless causes.

As such, LMC Summer Theatre dedicates the first musical of the 2014 season, “Kiss Me, Kate,” which was Etkin’s favorite production, in his memory. On July 1, his family will be in attendance for the dedication.

Janet Barton Speer, artistic director for LMC Summer Theatre since its inception, said, “It’s hard to believe that this is Lees-McRae Summer Theatre’s 30th year! It all began in 1985, when we only used local folks, a piano, minimal sets and lots of love. Today, we bring singers, dancers, actors, designers and technicians from all over the country to create the magic on the Hayes Auditorium stage. It has been an outstanding journey, and the 2014 season will continue our traditions, our artistry and the fun.”

The Summer Theatre Box Office opened June 16 and is located in the lobby of Hayes Auditorium. It is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Show day hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. The box office phone number is (828) 898-8709.

Tickets can be ordered by sending your requests to Tickets, Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre, P.O. Box 128, Banner Elk, N.C. 28604. Online ticket orders may be placed at (online ticketing fees and tax will apply). Ticket prices are $42.71 for adults and $21.36 for students and children. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more.

Following “Kiss Me, Kate,” Lees-McRae Summer Theatre continues with “A Grand Night for Singing” July 16 to 20 and “Monty Python’s Spamalot” Aug. 6 to 10.

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