Metropolitan Home School Productions is an offshoot of the Metropolitan School of the Arts home school program which offers participation in a fully-staged play or musical each spring. Auditions are open to any home schooled student, ages 10-18. Enrollment in our Tuesday/Friday classes is (while encouraged) not required.
We are pleased to announce that our spring 2019 production will be William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Our hilarious, fast-paced 75-minute version is in Shakespeare’s original language, with added songs, instrumental music and dance.
Taming draws upon a form of Italian slapstick comedy of the 16th-18th century called Commedia Dell-Arte. Set in Padua, Italy, Lucentio and other suitors pursue Bianca, but are told by her father, Baptista, that her bad-tempered older sister, Katherine, must marry first. They encourage Petruchio, who has come to Padua to find a wealthy wife, to court Katherine and free Bianca to marry. Petruchio negotiates marriage terms with Baptista, then has a stormy meeting with Katherine, after which he assures Baptista that the two have agreed to marry. Petruchio arrives late to their wedding dressed in strange clothes; he behaves rudely and carries Katherine away before the wedding dinner. At his home, he embarks on a plan to “tame” Katherine as one would tame a wild hawk. Without much food and kept without sleep, Katherine eventually agrees with everything Petruchio says, however absurd. He takes her back to Padua, where they attend Bianca’s wedding. There Katherine proves more obedient to her husband than the other wives, whom she chastises before she and Petruchio go off to consummate their marriage. Taming not only explores complex relationships between men and women, but is a fascinating commentary on the social and political climate of the Elizabethan period.
This production promises to be wildly fun, with something for every type of performer: actors, singers, dancers and musicians! Students ages 10-18 are eligible to participate.
Online registration for auditions:
Opens September 1.
Tuesday, September 18 & 25, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Friday, September 21 & 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tues., January 8th, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Links to audition material will be posted here soon!
Director, Barbara Schwartz
Musical Director, Maia Rodriguez
Choreographer, Diane Spinelli
Click HERE to view a video excerpt from the 2011 production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Barbara Schwartz for Cornerstone Youth Theatre Project!