Kiss Me, Kate

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Spring 2010

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Students’ Talent Shines in
Kiss Me, Kate


The company sang and danced. Photos by Sam Cropsey '84.
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‘Iolani School’s performing arts department wowed audiences with a production of the Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate that rivaled theater performances across the state.

On February 25 to 17, Hawai‘i Theatre became the venue for the school’s annual spring musical. In Kiss Me, Kate, the plot centers around a stage cast in Baltimore opening a musical version of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, yet the actors in Shrew comically and forlornly reveal their own backstage dramas. The Broadway musical won a Tony in 1999 or Best Revival of a Musical.

The ‘Iolani production was directed by theater teacher Rob Duval and choreographed by dance teacher Katherine Jones ’93, both Po‘okela Award winners. Talented theater teacher Manny Dayao ’97 served as musical director and conductor of the student orchestra.

During The Taming of the Shrew scenes, the songs focused on the roles of men and women. See more photos »
The cast featured more than 50 students, from seventh through twelfth grades, with Claire Mosteller ’10 as assistant director, Sarah Chang ’10 as stage manager and many other students serving as crew and technical heads.

Beautiful sets were designed by Willie Sable and the upstage curtain was the original used for the Broadway production and rented for ‘Iolani’s performances.

The ‘Iolani musical production is an annual event that the entire community anticipates each spring. Bravo!