My We Love Ann Arbor preview of Burns Park Players’ ‘Kiss Me Kate’

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Burns Park Players’ “Kiss Me Kate” opens February 2, 2018. (Photo by Myra Klarman)

The Burns Park Players – a company (made up of more than 100 Burns Park students, parents, teachers, and neighbors) that stages one musical each year – look to hit their marks this weekend with the community theater group’s 35th production, “Kiss Me Kate.”

With a hit-packed score by Cole Porter, “Kiss Me Kate” made big waves on Broadway when it premiered in 1948. Between enduring tunes like “Another Op’nin, Another Show,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” “Wunderbar,” and “Too Darn Hot,” “Kate” tells the story of a divorced pair of actors who are constantly feuding while starring in a touring musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s war between the sexes, “The Taming of the Shrew.”

With a cast and crew that ranges in age from six to 98, BPP’s “Kate” will donate this weekend’s proceeds to performing arts programs and students in the Ann Arbor Public School system, and the show will be the first directed by professional theater artist and Eastern Michigan University professor Phil Simmons.
“It has been lots of fun to getting to know this amazing group of people who are professors, doctors, lawyers, and judges, but who all just love doing theatre,” said Simmons. “There are some families who have been doing this annually for 37 years, so there are moms and dads doing the show with their children – a cool family tradition!” READ THE REST HERE

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