Kiss Me, Kate

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
Directed and Choreographed by Janet Miller


Open Call Auditions
Sat, June 6  Time TBA

If you’d like to skip the open call and schedule an audition appointment, then send your headshot and resume to by May 11.


Location: Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807. Click here for directions.

Prepare: 32 bars from classic Broadway musical, uptempo or ballad

Bring: Headshot, resume and sheet music. Accompanist provided.

Rehearsals: Begin July 6. Weekday evenings and weekends.

Performances: August 18-22 at Peppertree Park as part of Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts’ Broadway in the Park summer series,

Pay Rate: $25-$50 per performance, plus a small rehearsal stipend

Synopsis: Kiss Me Kate, with music by Cole Porter and lyrics and book by Samuel and Bella Spewack, is a play within a play featuring a troupe of actors at a theatre on opening night of The Shrew, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Taming of the Shrew. It blends operetta, musical comedy, vaudeville and throws in a helping of hi-jinks. The story is a basic boy had girl, tries to get girl back, loses girl and gets her back again with the happy ending of a 1948 musical extravaganza.


Character Breakdown: 

Fred Graham:
35-55, any ethnicity, strong baritone, commanding presence. Actor, director and producer of the play within the play The Shrew and portrays Petruchio—he has most of the Shakespearean dialogue. Lilli’s ex-husband. Ego is his middle name.

Lilli Vanessi:
35-55, any ethnicity, strong mezzo soprano. An actress of the stage and Silver Screen, throws attitude, similar to Katherine in The Shrew, but also vulnerable. Ex-wife of Fred and engaged to Harrison Howell.