The Alfred State College Drama Club will present Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” Thursday through Saturday, April 15-17, 2010, in the Orvis Auditorium on the Alfred campus. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $2.
The play revolves around two sisters, Katherina and Bianca. All of the suitors wish to marry Bianca, but her father declares that she cannot wed until the fiery, shrewish Katherina does. Of course, nobody wants to marry Katherina until Petruchio arrives in the city of Padua and assures all of Bianca’s suitors that he will “tame the shrew.” Katherina receives a surprise when Petruchio courts her, but, will Petruchio find that he is in over his head?
Students performing in the production include Ali Moore, NYC, digital media and animation; Jason Miller, Hornell, architectural technology; and Phillip Pritchard, Rochester, surveying engineering technology.
The play is directed by Chris Labanca, director of drama, who joined Alfred State College in 2008. He attended SUNY Geneseo for theatre, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. Chris works as a professional actor in Buffalo, as well as working with Shakespeare in Delaware Park's high school Shakespeare education program, teaching and performing for high school students. In his role as director of drama, Chris directs various Drama Club productions, one in the fall and at least one in the spring, and serves as Drama Club adviser. In addition to being a working actor in Buffalo, Chris is a playwright.