Taming of the Shrew 98

Taming of the Shrew posterTaming of the Shrew

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by: Lloy Coutts 

Performances: March 11-14, 1998 at 8 p.m.

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

Love at first sight, sibling rivalry, sexual tension and fatherly love charged the 1998 production of Taming of the Shrew by our very own University of Waterloo Drama Department. A controversial play for our time, the Taming of the Shrew has often been labelled chauvinistic and demeaning towards women. Lloy Coutts, director, handled controversy by looking at Kate's transformation as one motivated by love and not by abuse. A wild and bitter Kate becomes a caring wife who discover independence and dignity by allowing herself to love

Adding a unique element to this already controversial play is the creation of an induction written by Lloy Coutts in collaboration with students. The play began in Giovanna's restaurant in 1998 Italy with the arrival of a troupe of starving actors. In exchange for food the actors put on a personal show for Giovanna's pleasure. Giovanna occasionally interjected, adding in her own commentaries from a 1990's view point. Set in 1962, Italy, the Taming of the Shrew deals with a father's dilemma of marrying off his two daughters. Bianca, the younger compliant daughter, is besieged by suitors but Kate, the elder embittered daughter, is hard pressed to find a husband. The father determined to marry off his daughters will not give Bianca's hand in marriage until Kate is wed. Petruchio, initially enticed by Kate's dowry, marries her but soon find love in her strength and beauty.

The University of Waterloo Drama Department's production of Taming of the Shrew was not to be missed. Comic twists, battle of wit, and conflicts between the sexes inject this play with high intensity and action.  


Giovanna - Claudine Albreish

Child - Andrew Botros

Grumio - Bart Cormier

Pedant - Jonathan Dietrich

Petruchio - Norm Freind

Biondella - Rhonda Gilson-Deer

Lucentio - Brad Goddard

Petruchio’s Servant - Christian Johnson

Vincentio - Asad Kaspar

Petruchio’s Servant - Alex Lamont

Petruchio’s Servant - Trish Lanc

Tranio - Cyrus Lane

Kate - Aine Magennis

Baptista - Dave Mitchell

Curtis - Stephanie Morson

Baptista’s Servant - Erin Murphy

Bianca - Emily Oriold

Child - Sally Prosser

Petruchio’s Servant - Andrew Renner

Tailor - Heather Roberts

Gina/Haberdasher - Melissa Roe

Hortensio - Misha Rybalov

Widow - Catherine Seeback

Gremio - Sean Vivian

Petruchio’s Servant - Heather Wilford

Creative Team

Director - Lloy Coutts

Set Designer – Bill Chesney

Costume Designer – Jocelyne Sobeski

Lighting Designer – David James

Production Team

Stage Manager – Danna Evans

Assistant Stage Managers – Bettina Gaspar, Pat Race, Vicki Sloan

Technical Director – Scott Spidell, Terry Tremeer

Production Manager - Angela Marshall

Assistant Production Manager – Marla Posthuma

Carpentry Head – Cyrus Lane

LX Head – Rob Paul

Carpentry/Lighting Crew – Brad Goddard, Erin Kell, Alex Lamont, Beth Wingert

Wardrobe Crew – Joanna Black, Allison Bobor, Rhonda Gilson-Deer, Margaret McKnight, Heather Wilford

Scenic Painting Head – Margaret McKnight

Scenic Painting Crew – Allison Bobor, Erin Kell, Sharon Kelly, Trisha Lanc, Aine Magennis

Sound Head – Greg Leclair

Sound Crew – Marla Posthuma

Props Head – Sandy Burke

Props Crew - Trisha Lanc, Andrew Renner

Publicity – Joyce Hahn

Publicity Head – Sharon Kelly

Publicity Crew – Bettina Gasper, Aine Magennis, Heather Wilford