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image Tooele High School’s “Kiss Me Kate” cast in masks.

January 26, 2021
‘Kiss Me, Kate’ musical opens Thursday at Tooele High School

At this time last year, theatre students prepared to raise the curtain for a production of “Kiss, Me, Kate,” but COVID-19 complications cancelled the  musical and forced the theatre to go dark. 

“The show was cancelled one week before it was supposed to open,” said Tooele High Theatre teacher and director Terry McGovern.

Concorde Theatrical, a creative rights company, had been working with THS  to produce the show.

“I told my contact at Concorde Theatrical that I was bound and determined to do this show,” McGovern said. “It was a wonderful show and I was sad that the seniors, who had the majority of the leading roles, were unable to perform.

“The scenery was half done, the costumes almost finished, and the show was already paid for … so we decided to continue on with the show this year. Like Broadway, the leads may have changed, but the show goes on.”

The musical will open Thursday and run Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

To meet COVID requirements there will be a limited live performance option available at All seats are $5.

Also, a limited live streaming option is available at Tickets are $25 per household.

Both options are available for all six performances. Masks are required for all live performances.

As much as she loved and enjoyed the previous cast, McGovern said the current cast brings a freshness to the show.

“This is a fun show for the cast, as actors, because it is actually about actors performing a new musical, Shakespearean style. ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ is a play within a play showcasing the antics of Fred and Lilli as they rekindle their love on and off stage. Throw in a little conflict with Bill and Lois, as well as the General, whom Lilli is engaged to and voila’ you have smiles and laughter,” McGovern said.

Lilli Vanessa is portrayed by Kaylee Partridge; Caydon Gross portrays Fred Graham; David Curfew portrays Bill; and Maria Gamez-Sanchez plays Lois. General Harris Howell is portrayed by Karol Runge.


Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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