Casting News: Spring Tour 2017

Seattle Shakespeare Company’s adaptations of The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet will reach thousands of children in schools and theatres across Washington State.

Now in its 8th year, Seattle Shakespeare Company’s touring productions introduce Shakespeare’s works to communities and schools across the state. Aimed at middle school and high school age students, these fun and engaging 90-minute adaptations preserve Shakespeare’s language and tell the story with a small cast playing multiple roles.

The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet will go on a twelve week tour of Washington schools and theatres. Local public performances of The Taming of the Shrew will be March 17-19 at the Center Theatre.

Tour locations include:

  • Auburn
  • Bellevue
  • Bellingham
  • Cathlamet
  • College Place
  • Edgewood
  • Edmonds
  • Ephrata
  • Kirkland
  • Lake Stevens
  • Monroe
  • Mount Vernon
  • Pasco
  • Pullman
  • Redmond
  • Renton
  • Sammamish
  • Sammamish
  • Sea-Tac
  • Snohomish
  • Soap Lake
  • Stanwood
  • Tacoma
  • Toppenish
  • Walla Walla
  • Wenatchee
  • Yakima

The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of a pair of seemingly mismatched lovers. Kate and Petruchio go toe-to-toe when they first meet under less than ideal circumstances, but when scorn softens, can these two headstrong personalities find common ground when it comes to marriage? A hilarious battle of the sexes.

The story of Romeo and Juliet is so much a part of our culture, yet many students have never seen the play. In the midst of an historical bitter feud, passionate young love emerges. Defying their parents, Romeo and Juliet marry and plot to run away together, only to be thwarted at every turn. This classic play is a swashbuckling drama and the greatest love story ever told.

One cast will perform both plays and includes:

The Taming of the Shrew

Arjun Pande (Petruchio), Lexi Chipman( Bianca/Ensemble), Maya Burton (Tranio/Ensemble), Rafael Molina (Baptista/Ensemble), Sophie Franco (Katherine), Tom Dewey (Hortensio/Lucentio).

Romeo and Juliet

Arjun Pande (Nurse/Mercutio/Prince), Lexi Chipman (Juliet/Sampson), Maya Burton (Benvolio/Paris), Rafael Molina (Romeo/Gregory), Sophie Franco (Lady Capulet/Abram/Apothecary), Tom Dewey (Friar/Tybalt/Peter).

Both productions will be directed by Erin Murray. The Taming of the Shrew will be a bilingual English/Spanish adaptation with translation done by Ana Maria Campoy.