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Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew' coming to DL this summer

The cast and crew of the Historic Holmes Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Taming of the Shrew" includes Tyler Glander, Shawn Jones, Katie Anderson, Stella Foltz, Jim Sinclair, Cara Berger, Jessica Hembre, Shawn Alvarez, Jamie Bunnis, Alycia Windingland, Hannah Bode and Nick Bode.

Summers in Detroit Lakes have long been a time to celebrate spending time in the great outdoors. Detroit Lakes is a also a community that embraces culture and the arts.

With the first ever "Shakespeare In The Park" performances, the Historic Holmes Theatre and volunteer director Nikki Caulfield hope there can be a perfect blending of the two.

"The bandshell is begging for an outdoor theatre performance... and with DL being such an outdoor community in the summer I thought it would fit nicely," says Caulfield.

Nearly 30 local actors will present the Shakespeare romantic comedy "The Taming of the Shrew," June 26-27 and July 2-3 at 7:30 p.m., and June 28 and July 5 at 2 p.m. All performances are free and will take place in the Bandshell in the Detroit Lakes City Park, just off of Washington Avenue.

There will be a free will offering taken during each show, but no tickets are necessary.

The show is part of the Historic Holmes Theatre's BTD Community Connections Series and also is being sponsored by Arvig Communications Systems, Caulfield's Studio and Norby's Department Store.

Some of the local stars include: Tyler Glander as Grumio, Shawn Jones as Hortensio, Katie Anderson and Biondella, Stella Foltz as Penelope, Jim Sinclair as Pedant, Cara Berger as Bianca, Jessica Hembre as Baptista, Shawn Alvarez as Katharina, Jamie Bunnis as Curtis, Alycia Windingland as Tailor/Jesephina, Nick Bode as Nicholas, Bobby Heimark as Vincentio, Katelyn Johnson as Haberdasher/Philippa, Tre Martinez as Tranio and Christopher Damlo as Lucentio. The stage manager is Hannah Bode.

"The Taming of the Shrew" is a light-hearted romantic comedy about married life. Baptista wants to marry off her two daughters Kate and Bianca, but the elder daughter Kate has such a terrible attitude problem that no one wants to marry her, much to the chagrin of Bianca's many suitors who cannot see her until Kate is married. They manage to find Petruchio to marry Kate, but he is determined to give her a taste of her own attitude first.

"Shakespeare has gotten a reputation for being hard to understand and too lofty for most people to enjoy, which really isn't the case at all," says Caulfield. "Plus this community has a lot of talent that is fun to put up on the stage. We want to give the community a chance to see these shows, perform in them and see how fun they are."

Caulfield adds that this is the first Shakespeare production many of the actors have been in, so it's fun watching them work with the language.

"You can really see when they finally understand the meaning of a passage, and a lot of light bulbs have been coming on in rehearsals, followed by an 'ooooh, that's what that line means!' They all have a great sense of humor which is really coming out in the show," says the director. "If the production is half as funny as rehearsals, it will be great!"

For more information on Shakespeare in the Park, contact Historic Holmes Theatre Events Coordinator Vicky Williams at 218-844-4221, Ext. 106 or email