Cast Announced for ‘Kiss Me, Kate’


The Performing Arts Department at SUNY Cortland has announced the cast for its October production of the Cole Porter Broadway musical comedy “Kiss Me, Kate.”

The play will be performed Friday-Sunday, Oct. 22-24, and Oct. 29-31, in the Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Jodi’s Hallmark Shop on Main Street.

Musical theatre majors Derek Mellor and Katie Quigley will play Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, the quarreling acting couple performing in a musical version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

The secondary couple of hoofer Bill Calhoun and ingenue Lois Lane will be played by Tim Fuchs and Amy Lamberti, and the two gangsters who get involved with the performance will be portrayed by Skylar Winter and Joey Gugliemelli.

The cast also includes Paul Smith, Rasheem Ford, Annali Fuchs, Doug Robbins, Ricky Wenthen and Tom Fuchs, Physical Education Department. Completing the cast are Jacqui Fisher, Carly Merrill, Chrissy Jackson, Charles O’Connor, Lisa Reid, Sara Laursen, Alexa DeFina, Grace McGeoch, Mallary Walton, Samantha Rey, Natalie Luzzi, Nicole Herlihy, and community member Barbara Jo Williams.

“Kiss Me, Kate” is directed and choreographed by Kevin Halpin, associate professor of performing arts.

More information about the musical and this season’s other events can be found on the Performing Arts Department website.