Stage Talk Preview: The Taming of the Shrew

As the temperature in Charleston continues to rise, Threshold Repertory Theatre promises to crank it up even further with Shakespeare’s fiery couple – Kate and Petruchio – in their Summer Shakespeare Workshop production of The Taming of the Shrew. Join me in this Stage Talk preview.

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DIRECTORS

John Bryan (Director/Petruchio) – John has lived in Charleston for five years. He played Mercutio in last year’s
performance of Romeo and Juliet and recently directed Dearly Departed for Flowertown Players. He has a beautiful nine month
old son and a very patient and understanding wife with whom he trains his two champion monkey knife-fighters: Furious George
and Sugar-Ray Lemur.

Alex Skipper (Assistant Director) – As Company Stage Manager at Threshold, Alex is so excited about stepping into a
different role for The Taming of the Shrew. She’s grateful for the family she’s found at Threshold and looks forward to her
continued involvement with Threshold and the rest of the Charleston Theatre Community.

CAST

Blair Cadden (Kate) – Blair is a Charleston native and a graduate of the Wofford College. A few favorite past roles include Ana in The Clean House, Milady DeWinter in The Three Musketeers, and JoAnne Galloway in A Few Good Men. Blair is the Artistic Director of 5th Wall Productions, which is embarking on its second season this fall.

Mariah Baideme (Bianca) – Mariah has been pursuing theater for the past 5 years now. She plans on pursing it in college. Her past roles include, Cinderella in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Mrs. Prysellius in Pippi Longstocking, and Balthazar
in Romeo and Juliet. Cameron Tubbs (Lucentio) – Cameron A Tubbs is a senior theatre major at the College of Charleston. He has previously appeared in Folly Beach at PURE Theatre, Macbeth at Woolfe St Playhouse, and A Few Good Men at Threshold Rep. He can be next seen in Ajax in Iraq at the College.

Jaimie Marks (Tranio) – You may have seen Jaimie Malphrus as Sara in Stop Kiss (Flowertown Underground) or in other productions such as The Bacchae, She Kills Monsters, or A Christmas Carol (Woolfe Street Playhouse). This is her first production with Threshold Rep.

Jason Olson (Grumio) – Jason has worked in the Charleston theatre scene for the past three years. He is the coordinator of the Young Playwright’s Program here at Threshold, as well as one of the co-founders of 5th Wall Productions – one of Charleston’s newest performing arts companies.

Paul O’Brien (Gremio) – Paul was most recently seen at Threshold as Darryl Gates and Bill Bradley in the Piccolo Spoleto production of Twilight and first appeared in this enchanting theatre as Vershinin in Chekhov’s Three Sisters in 2012. Earlier this year he played George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Footlight Players. Other favorite roles include King Arthur in Camelot, Juan Peron in EVITA, John C. Calhoun in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Froggy in The Foreigner with Charleston Stage. Other Shakespearian roles include a dead king (Ghost) in Hamlet and a resuscitated king (The King) in All’s Well That Ends Well. He grew up here in Charleston where by day he is a physician at MUSC.

Jamie Young (Bapista) – Jamie is a Veteran of the USAF who retired to the Lowcountry and has made Charleston his home since 1991. He previously appeared on this stage as Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men. The role of Baptista Minolo is his first attempt at Shakespeare, and he hopes you enjoy the show!

Robert (Bob) Frank (Biondello) – Bob has recently played Lt. Sam Weinberg in 5th Wall’s A Few Good Men, directed by Jason Olson. He lives in Goose Creek, is a graduate of Goose Creek High, and is very grateful of his Drama educator Dorothy Smith.

David Graham (Vincentio) – David is thankful to return to acting following open-heart surgery in April. He appeared in Threshold’s inaugural production Every Christmas Story Ever Told as well as last summer’s Romeo and Juliet (Fr. Lawrence). He is actively involved with local movie projects including What Happened to Sarah Silver, winner of two awards at this year’s Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival. David wrote and acts in the YouTube parody series Dank Shadows.

David Moon (Pedant) – David most recently appeared on stage as King Edward in Richard III with Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. His other Shakespearean credits include the title role in Hamlet, Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra, and the Prince in Threshold’s Romeo and Juliet. Also with Threshold, he played Richard in The Sunset Years.

Courtney Daniel (Curtis/Police Officer) – Courtney is an Arts Management graduate from the College of Charleston and is currently the Executive Director at Threshold Rep. This will be her first time back on stage after a few years off. She would like to thank the staff, Board of Directors, actors, crew, and audience for making her time at Threshold Rep so special. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Shaffer Ripley (Taylor/Servant) – Shaffer Ripley (Servant/Tailor) is a local Charlestonian, as well as a 2014 Theatre graduate of The College of Charleston. She has been involved in numerous shows in the area, including Romeo and Juliet, Oklahoma!, and As it is in Heaven. She’s excited to be a part of another Shakespeare play.

Margaret Nyland (Widow/Servant) – Margaret is delighted to be working for a third time with Threshold Repertory’s summer Shakespeare workshop. Margaret was seen during 2015 Piccolo Spoleto as Sunny Jacobs in Midtown Production’s The Exonerated, Laura Chandler in Threshold Repertory’s 1963, Kate in the College of Charleston’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa, Veronica in God of Carnage, and in Footlight Players’ production of Our Town. A graduate of UVA and the University of Michigan, Margaret resides with her family in downtown Charleston.

Gillian Nyland (Servant) – Gillian recently performed a staged reading of Between God and The Goatman as Jeneen at Threshold Rep. Gillian also appeared as one of the children in Threshold’s production of Dinner With Friends. She has also performed at Footlight Players in Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs) and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Dixie). This is Gillian’s third appearance in Threshold’s Shakespeare summer workshop. Gillian is a rising 8th grader at the Charleston Day School.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES

Mike Kordek (Technical Director, Set Designer, Sound Designer/Hortensio) – Mike started in the theatre at the ripe old age of 5 in a production of The Hobbit and has been involved in theatre ever since. Over the years he has been involved in all aspects of theatre; directing, acting, stage managing, and everything in between. Some of his more favorite roles on stage include Sir Toby in Twelfth Night, Santa in Santa Clause Conquers the Martians, and hanging upside down by his feet as James in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Most recent acting credits include Romeo and Juliet and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Mike is proud to be involved with Threshold and is thankful to Pam Galle for giving him the opportunity to showcase his talents.

Shawn McIntosh (Assistant Technical Director) – Shawn is very excited about this season at Threshold. This is Shawn’s third season with Threshold as the Assistant Technical Director. He has enjoyed (and hopefully all of you) all of the projects that come with putting on many one-of-a-kind performances. Shawn would like to thank the Threshold staff for letting him be a part of the Threshold family and allowing him to have a wonderful and creative outlet!

Cory Stegelin (Stage Manger) – Cory is thrilled to be stage managing her third show at Threshold and hopes to continue working with them in the future. Cory is a sophomore theatre major at the College of Charleston, where she has stage managed Blithe Spirit, and assistant stage managed Mad Gravity, The Who’s Tommy, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. She stage managed The Flick and Twilight this season. She has also assistant stage managed The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife with What If? Productions.

Diana Reeves (Costume Designer) – Diana Reeves has forty years of costuming experience. She designed costumes for The Threshold Theater production of The Sunset Years and worked on Romeo and Juliet. She worked with the Flowertown Players on Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, The Radio Christmas Show, The Three Musketeers, The Hobbit, Moonlight and Magnolias, Dracula, and Little Shop of Horrors. She also worked with Goose Creek, Berkeley and Cane Bay High Schools on their productions of The Glass Menagerie, Romeo and Juliet, The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. She is the founder of The Black Thimble Society of Costume Creators.

Kathryn Matthews (Lighting Designer) – Kathryn Matthews is a recent graduate of College of Charleston and is heading to Oregon in the fall to start her MFA in Lighting Design. She is very excited for this opportunity to design in Charleston one last time before she leaves.

Brendan Kelly (Artistic Director) – Brendan received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from The Theatre School (formerly The Goodman School of Dramatic). At this conservatory training program an entire year of study was dedicated solely to Shakespeare in every aspect of their training (Voice, Movement, Scene Study, History of Dramatic Literature, Stage Combat, and Text Analyzation). Since graduating Brendan has trained, instructed, and performed Shakespeare in many different places around the country including Chicago Shakespeare, Shakespeare on the Green, Theatre on the Lake, The Goodman Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Holy City Shakespeare.

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