Friday, April 9, 2010

Waiting for love

Wood River Middle School to present ‘Taming of the Shrew’


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespearean Festival 2010. Katrina Kuntz as Katharina and Benjamin Brinton as Petruchio in the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s 2010 Shakespeare-in-the-Schools’ production of “The Taming of the Shrew.”

When it comes to courtship and love, how long is long enough? In William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," love is competitive and frustrating, but in the end it all works out. For the lead character of Petruchio, his patience to win over the love of Katherina is worth all his efforts.

Petruchio is a gentleman from Verona and Katherina is a headstrong and obstinate shrew, who is not so easily swayed by Petruchio. Eventually, Petruchio "tames" Katherina and she becomes his bride.

Wood River Middle School Purple Team will present a "Wild West" version of "The Taming of the Shrew" to be performed by Utah Shakespearean Festival's 2010 Shakespeare-in-the-Schools. The performance will take place Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Community Campus theatre in Hailey.

Tickets are $10 and available at the Wood River Middle School in Hailey and Iconoclast Books in Ketchum. The play has been abridged for audiences of all ages. Proceeds from the performance will benefit Greg Cordovano and his resident family.

Valley resident Cordovano was critically injured in a motorcycle accident on state Highway 75 near Deer Creek Road on July 31, 2009. He is undergoing rehabilitation and therapy for a traumatic brain injury at a hospital in Colorado.

"The amount of help we have received from the Wood River Valley community has been phenomenal," said his wife, Denise Cordovano. "We are so blown away by everyone's help. Our valley is incredible."

Denise said Greg is improving every day and his room is filled with cards, and friends have sent movies, clothes and gifts. Denise and Greg's daughter, Maddie, and son, Spencer, now both college students, were Purple Team members in the Wood River Middle School's seventh grade.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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