'Kiss Me, Kate' opens at The Grand Theatre April 1
by Marie Nesmith
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Will Brooks and Stacey Bern portray a divorced couple that land roles in William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” in The Grand Theatre’s production of “Kiss Me, Kate” April 1 and 2.
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Will Brooks and Stacey Bern portray a divorced couple that land roles in William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” in The Grand Theatre’s production of “Kiss Me, Kate” April 1 and 2. SPECIAL
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For Morgan McCrary, directing the debut performance of "Kiss Me, Kate" at Cartersville's Grand Theatre is a fun opportunity to provide audience members a sneak peek into the theater industry.

"I love plays about the theater business because you won't find more interesting or quirky people than people who are involved in the theater," she said. "I think it shows you, I guess, what a tight-knit group actors can be and how tough it can be when you're [working] with people [who] are your friends, and your family and your coworkers."

This production of Cole Porter's musical will be held April 1 at 7 p.m. and April 2 at 2 and 7 p.m. at The Grand Theatre, 7 N. Wall St. Joined by dancers from the Cartersville City Ballet, the cast of 19 will be led by Will Brooks and Stacey Bern, who portray a divorced couple that land roles in William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." During the performance, audience members will recognize a variety of songs, including "Another Opening, Another Show," "Too Darn Hot" and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."

"It's a play about a theater group in Baltimore," McCrary said. "They are producing a musical version of Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew.' The main, I guess, conflict within the play is that the two main actors were married at one point and have since divorced and don't get along all that well anymore. So they have to act opposite each other and somehow make it work.

"The lead [character], Lilli, that's being played by Stacey Bern, she wants to quit the production and Fred, who is the [play's] lead actor, who is being played by Will Brooks, he brings in a couple of gangsters to keep Lilli there for the run of the production. So there's these two gangsters who suddenly find themselves as part of the play. So they're in Shakespearean costumes and don't really know what's going on. They are two people involved in the production who would not normally be there that everybody has to sort of work around."

Unlike many of the productions hosted at the theater, "Kiss Me, Kate" will be produced and presented by The Grand.

"We've been putting on two in addition to our summer camp productions," said Terri Cox, The Grand's program coordinator and producer for "Kiss Me, Kate." "Sometimes we'll do a third one if the opportunity presents itself. But we've been doing one that was primarily for youth and then one for adults.

"Don Kordecki and I selected this [play] about a year ago. We'd been doing reviews, which are just pieces from all different kind of plays. We did one to celebrate The [Grand's] 100th birthday last year, and we decided that it had been a long time since we had done a full stage production. And actually I looked it up today. It was 2004. [That] was the last one we did with full sets and costumes and everything, and that was 'Annie Get Your Gun.' So then we wanted to find one that was one of our favorites but had never been performed at The Grand before. And that was part of the parameters, or reasoning, for choosing that one. Both of us really liked that story and the music, and no one had ever done it here before."

Tickets for "Kiss Me, Kate" are $10 for adults and $7 for students if purchased in advance and $15 for adults and $12 for students at the door. To purchase tickets prior to the play or for more information, call 770-386-7343 or visit The Grand Theatre's Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.