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72-Taming of the Shrew

        













CAST (in order of appearance)

LUCENTIO................................................................................................................. Nate Paine

Acting under only the most dire of circumstances, Nate has been caught performing such roles as Caliban in The Tempest and Commander Harbison in South Pacific. This is the fifth time Nate has been part of Encore's Shakespeare in the Garden. He lives in Nampa with his two cats Spade and Finnick.

 

TRANIO........................................................................................................... Jonathan Adams

Jonathan has been performing for 34 years. He has one of those faces, and sort of looks like that one guy from that thing you like. You might think you've seen or heard him in something before; and you might be right. He is excited to be doing his first show with Encore. Jonathan thanks his mother for her life-long support, his daughters for reminding him to play, and Jen for putting up with him - and never, ever being tame.

 

BAPTISTA ........................................................................................................... Manda Hardin

Though Manda Hardin’s first love is making people laugh through improvised comedy, acting is dear to her heart. Manda enjoys many aspects of theater including painting, prop making, and helping kids discover their own love for the art. This is Manda’s second show with Encore.

 

GREMIO.................................................................................................................... Rick Lopez

Rick is glad to be back at Encore and performing Shakespeare again. His last stage production was Little Shop of Horrors at Boise Little Theater. Rick has been focusing on film for the last couple of years, but admits there is no better rush than performing live...gotta love an audience!

 

KATHERINE........................................................................................................... Becka Pearce

Becka is a resident company member of Opera Idaho. Her roles include: Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto. Becka placed in the nation's top 40 in Both Musical Theater Emerging Pro and Classical Division Emerging Pro in this years National Classical Singer Vocal Competition. She toured Rome and Orvieto, Italy and covered the role of Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro for Operafestival Di Roma 2015.  Becka has been married 19 years and is the proud mother of four talented children. owns her own voice and piano studio, has led music groups for over 20 years.

 

HORTENSIO..................................................................................................... Andrew Thimmig

Andrew is excited to be a part of Taming of the Shrew and perform for his second time with Encore. He’d like to thank the rest of the cast for their hard work and also the director and assistants for driving this production.

 

BIANCA........................................................................................................... Lauren Billingsley

Lauren is thrilled to be making her Encore debut! She moved to the area from Los Angeles in January and is very excited to be involved with this wonderful show. Her first theatrical love was Shakespeare. She has been acting on stage and screen for most of her life and is also a member of the Treasure Valley Children’s Theater adult acting company, and touring their summer reading show. Her first show in Boise was Desdemona in Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief (Fringe Theatre Co). She would like to thank her husband for all his love and support!

 

BIONDELLO......................................................................................................... Steele Sommer

Steele first appeared with Encore in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor. He recently graduated from Middleton High School.

 

PETRUCHIO.................................................................................................... Joseph Stevenson

Joseph is the Theatre Teacher at Vallivue High School, and has had the joy to work with many local community Theatre companies over the years. Favorite roles include Edmund in King Lear, Hamlet in Hamlet, George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, and John Proctor in The Crucible. Special thanks to his lovely wife for putting up with all this Shakespeare, acting, & stuff.

 

GRUMIO.................................................................................................................... Julia Huyg

Julia is a 16-year-old actress and technician. She goes to Middleton High School and has stage managed their productions of Pride and Prejudice and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as well as acting in various roles including Horatio in Hamlet. She is excited to take on this new challenge after working with many other theatre companies and competing in state competition. She would like to thank her incredible family and her inspiring Theatre teacher, Mrs. Thimmig.

 

SERVANT & HABERDASHER...................................................................................... Zane Hardin

This is Zane's second production with Encore. He most recently appeared as Mr. Salt in Willy Wonka, Jr. with Treasure Valley Children's Theater. Favorite roles include Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol as well as The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.

 

PRIEST & TAILOR.................................................................................................... Mitch Barker

Mitch is a father of six, and a grandfather of 11.  He has acted in various shows throughout the area, for companies such as Starlight Mountain Theatre, Knock em Dead Dinner Theatre, Music Theatre of Idaho and Prairie Dog Productions.  For Encore Theatre Company he has performed in As You Like ItHamletMacbethKing Lear, It’s a Wonderful LifeMiracle on 34th Street, and Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

 

CURTIS.......................................................................................................... Emmitt Stevenson

Emmitt is a sophomore at Nampa High School. This is his third production with Encore Theatre's Shakespeare's Garden. He started as one of Dogberry's Night Watch in Much Ado About Nothing, then the Pageboy, Peter, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and now plays the part of Curtis, Petruchio's household Steward. He'd like to thank all his friends and family for their support.

 

PHILIP & WIDOW................................................................................................. Beret Nokleby

Beret has held lifetime passion for entertainment. As a young child he put on little shows with his family. This is Beret's first stage production. He thanks the cast and crew for for enduring his incredible humor and good looks. 

 

PEDANT ................................................................................................................ Kami Murray

Kami is an experienced improviser who performed regularly with a local troupe before joining Encore. Helping with sound, she has worked behind the scenes on both Julius Caesar and All Shook Up. She is thrilled to be taking the stage with her third Encore production.

 

VINCENTIO................................................................................................................ Bob Brady

Bob has been married to my beautiful wife Lydia for 22 years. He has his very own Brady Bunch of 8 children and 26 grandchildren. This is his 6th production with Encore, including Pecos Bill and Slue Foot Sue, Julius Cesar, King Lear, Miracle on 34th Street, and You Can't Take It With You. He enjoys singing and has sung the National Anthem for Dodgers, Angels, Padres, and Giants games.

 

 

Director............................................................................................................. Jonathan Perry

Assistant Director...................................................................................................... Shelby Bay

Line Specialist & Sound...................................................................................... Ashley Andrews

Costumer............................................................................................................. Bobbi Carlson

Poster, Social Media, Props.................................................................................. Manda Hardin

House Manager .............................................................................................  Lisa Mathot




Baptista, a wealthy merchant of Padua, has two daughters: Katherina and Bianca. Because of Katherina's shrewish disposition, her father has declared that no one shall wed Bianca until such time as Katherina has been married. Lucentio of Pisa, one of many suitors to the younger and kinder Bianca, devises a scheme in which he and Tranio (his servant) will switch clothes, and thus disguised, Lucentio will offer his services as a tutor for Bianca in order to get closer to her. At his point, enter Petruchio of Verona, in Padua to visit his friend Hortensio (another suitor to Bianca). Attracted by Katherina's large dowry, Petruchio resolves to woo her.


Weather Policy
We perform outdoors. Since our lighting and sound equipment is not protected or secured like other outdoor theaters, we are sometimes at the mercy of the weather. Because bad weather can change back to good quickly, performances will not be cancelled before the scheduled curtain time. If the weather is only slightly rainy or windy, we will continue the performance. If the final performance is cancelled, we will make an effort to perform on the following evening (though, we cannot guarantee that ability.)

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