Spring 2014: Kiss Me, Kate

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Samuel and Bella Spewack

The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul of some gangsters.

Pops (Stage Doorman)/Padua Priest



Ethel (Stage Manager

Lois Lane/Bianca

Bill Calhoun/Lucentio

Lilli Vanessi/Katharine

Grace (Dance Captain)/Gregory

Fred Graham/Petruchio

Harry Trevor/Baptista

Earl (Cab Driver)/Nathaniel

First Man

Second Man





General Harrison Howell

Ruby (Aide to General Howell)

Riley (Aide to General Howell)

Frances (Wardrobe Lady)



Patrick Rasmussen

Jessica Muse

Jordan Best

Elena Anderson

Katherine Kettler

Ben Bott

Rachel Steiner

Staten Longo

Noah Sauber

Shade Wilson

Alex Cutting

Patrick Bond

Kolya Rabinowitch

Juwan Palmer

Vijay Menon

Katie Penland

Addie Eliades

Brady Mabe

Roshni Gorur

Carrie Leon

Caroline Werenskjold

Coco Kubicki

Karin Saengchawalit 













French Horn









Chichi Li

Lexi Luo

Mercedes Zettlemoyer

Emily Kline

Garrett Spencer

Tanya Akl

Katie Leber

Will Dickinson

Andre Gruebele

Stephen Nam

Sam Mahone

Charlie Sheehan

Chris Wiens

Will Grayeski

Allen Wong

John MacLaughlin

Penny Williams

Niki Hua

Rebekah Kim

Joe Fitzsimmons

Shaun Spisak



Set Designers


Assistant Set Designer

Assistant Technical Directors



Stage Managers


Master Carpenters


Assistant Carpenters


Carpentry Advisor

Head Lighting Designer

Assistant Lighting Designers


Master Electricians


Assistant Electricians


Head Painters


Assistant Painters


Sound Designer

Assistant Sound Designers

Sound Managers



Head Costumers


Assistant Costumer

Head Hair and Makeup Designer

Assistant Hair and Makeup



Run Crew Chiefs

Annie Archer

Sean Lyons

Blair Wriston

Emily Adam

Dan Barr

Angelica Botlo

Maia Foster

Brittany Hacker

Maddy Brehaut

David Silverman

Jeremy Jones

Bridget Shayka

Sean Lyons

Quinn Gomola Mullin

Nancy-Wren Bradshaw

Chloe Downs

Rich Farella

Jackson Simon

Owen Sheng

Brendan Rogers

Michaela Bubier

Jamie Shalvey

Kelsie Hendren

Nora Walls

Madi Lahey

Adrianna Taweel

Sara Henein

Kelsey Keverline

Alexandria Rodgers

Katherine Donnally

Sophia Socarras

Ria Witteman

Carrie Bohmer

Julia Holland

Catlin Muir

Whiz Whisnant

Eliza Lane

Emily Nelson


Assistant Producer

Business Manager

Asst. Business Manager

Publicity Chair

Fundraising Chair

Social Chairs





Alumni Chair

Technical Director

Katie Thompson

Patricia Ona

Jared Morgan

Travis Buhl

Alexis Greenberg

Emily Perego

Vondrae McCoy

Nick Mattia

Jason Steckler

Jodie Benjamin

Mary Jane Gilliland

Anne Jordan

Ashley Gilroy


Assistant Directors


Vocal Directors







Pit Director

Theresa Pazanowski

Joe Folds

Daniel Owen

Laura Holshouser

Jacob Irby

Kelsie Zipprich

Melissa Boice

Ashley Houze

Natalie May

Carly Sawyer

Kyle Ruempler




Director's Note: Theresa Pazanowski

When I gathered the cast and artistic staff of Kiss Me, Kate together for the first time, I told them I had two goals for this production. The first was to push everyone involved in the show, including myself, to do something that scared them and help them overcome those fears. The second was to make this show as much fun as it could be, a true celebration of theatre for us as well as the audience. I can only speak for myself, but almost three months later I believe we have accomplished both of these goals.


For a musical comedy, Kiss Me, Kate can seem rather complex. There are intricate backstories between characters, Shakespearean text intermingling with modern speech, a show within a show within a show, and song lyrics by the great Cole Porter, the king of sophisticated rhymes and double meanings. All of this is part of what makes this such a brilliant and fun show. However, underneath all these complexities exists a beautiful simplicity. The characters love each other despite their flaws, and in the end that is all that matters. The ensemble sings and dances for its own enjoyment while the audience just happens to be watching. Most importantly, everyone in the show makes up an ensemble of people working for a common goal, and despite the individual conflicts, everyone really is in it together.


The process of putting together this show has been such a crazy ride, but I would not have traded this experience for the world. It has been so much fun, and I sincerely hope that everyone else involved in the production feels the same. To my insanely talented cast and my unbelievably wonderful a-staff: as much as everything I have done along the way has been for you guys, this never would have happened without you, so thank you for taking the leap with me. I am so proud of all of you, and I hope you really did overcome that fear as I overcame mine. And with that, it’s time for another op’nin of another show…

Producer's Note: Katie Thompson

I originally joined First Year Players as a first year that enjoyed musical theater, but I was looking for a position with a small time commitment. Little did I know I would find my home with FYP and eventually become the Producer of this fantastic organization. Throughout my past three years with FYP, I have seen bits and pieces of the dedication and talent that it takes to put on a show. This semester, however, I witnessed the amount of hard work that goes into putting on a show from all aspects, from late nights painting in the Student Activities Building (the concrete warehouse you are all sitting in) to the long and strenuous cast and pit rehearsals, to planning fundraising events, and everything in between.


I would like to take this opportunity to express my overwhelming gratitude for those who made this show possible. First and foremost, I’d like to thank our Business Manager, Jared Morgan. You have been my right hand man throughout this entire process. I couldn't ask for a better friend to bounce ideas off of or to let me play "good cop" for once. To our Technical Director Ashley Gilroy, you have effectively led a huge new group of First Years to love FYP and you have created a space for this exciting show to come to life. To all of my Production Staff, your drive to continue to improve FYP is absolutely inspiring. Without you, we wouldn't have been able to host FYPhormal or have extremely successful fundraising events like the Kiss Me, Date Auction!  Kyle Ruempler, the Pit Director, you have been amazing in every way, and integral to further incorporating Pit into active social members of FYP. Thank you for all of your help so that I can truly be a Pit Enthusiast.  Many thanks go to our incredible Director, Theresa Pazanowski. You have put your heart and soul into this show, and your vision comes alive vividly on stage. However, your talents do not stop at directing. You exemplify a perfect passion for FYP and all that it represents—camaraderie, being who you are, and loving musical theatre. You have passed this passion to your casties and countless others in FYP, myself included. I am truly lucky to consider you my friend.  Finally, to all the incredible people that make up the community that is FYP.  We could not have put on this show without every single one of you.


First Year Players is built on people who truly care about the quality of the show we present at the end of every semester, and Kiss Me, Kate! is no exception.  I am honored to be part of such a fine organization and a loving, welcoming community.  Thank you all for coming to support FYP as we proudly present our Spring 2014 Production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate!  Enjoy the show!