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MSCTC to present 'The Taming of the Shrew'

FERGUS FALLS - The students of Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Fergus Falls will present an adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic "The Taming of the Shrew" in the MSCTC Waage Fine Arts Center, Feb. 29-March 9.

Adapted by Ert Jones-Hermerding, this tale begins with a contemporary theater cast traveling to various cities and performing Shakespeare's classic comedy. This particular evening, they are bored with the usual routine. Bound by contract to rehearse and without their usual music, the cast plays a prank on the theater custodian. With the help of two stagehands, the cast decides to liven things up a bit with Motown and Jazz music.

The original story of Shakespeare's "Shrew" takes place in old Italy around 1600, in a time when marriages were arranged by fathers, and daughters were married in order of age. The central character, Kate, is known throughout the land for her rough temperament and is labeled a "shrew" by those who know and fear her. A number of men want to marry her younger sister, Bianca, but cannot until Kate the shrew is married first.

Petruchio comes to town, hears about Kate and vows to marry and tame her. As the rest of the story unfolds, we see how Kate is tamed by Petruchio, and they both learn that love and respect are the two most important elements of their relationship.

The production will open Friday, Feb. 29 at 7:30, with additional performances set for Saturday, March 1, Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, all at 7:30 p.m., as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 9. at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 pm. The play is presented at the MSCTC Waage Fine Arts Theatre.

Local MSCTC students participating in the cast of the play include Casey Newman of Osage, Phil Sasso-Lundin of Pelican Rapids and James Stenger of Vergas. The play is directed by MSCTC drama instructor Stefanie Gerhardson and Ert Jones-Hermerding.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door for adults; $6 in advance and $7 at the door for youth ages 18 and under; children 5 and under are admitted free. All seats reserved.

Ticket information and reservations are available by stopping by the Waage Fine Arts Center, calling the office at 218-736-1600, or through A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls.