Welcome to Legacy Stage’s The Taming of the Shrew (Kate’s Version)!

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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (KATE’S VERSION)

Content Warning: This performance includes some adult themes, including mild sexual references, and moments and discussion of intimate partner violence.
Runtime: Approx 1hr 40mins + 15 minute intermission.
Restrooms are located at the back of the meadow near the path and bike rack. Please be careful moving around in the meadow as the ground is uneven.

Video recording, audio recording and photography is not allowed during this performance, but photos and video can be taken during curtain call at the end of the show.

CAST

(Listed alphabetically by first name)

Bianca, Huntsman
Ashley Olson
Baptista
Bill Harrington
Hostess, Widow
Demondra Martin
Curtis, Player
Gabriella Saxon
Grumio
Jackson Taitano
Biondello, 2nd Player
Jacob Harmon
Kate
Jami Witt Miller
Hortensio
Justin Bryant
Petruccio
Kyle Horst
Lucentio
Michael Anthony Cermeño
Peter, Haberdasher, The Merchant
Olivia Moffat
Gremio
Samantha Shaner
Nathaniel, 1st Player, Tailor
Skylar Wondrusch
Tranio
Trevor Ray Adams

CREATIVE TEAM & CREW

Director
Erin Horst
Producer/Technical Director
Lara Tenckhoff
Stage Manager
Delisa Freistadt
Production Manager
Charnneé
Lighting Designer/Electrician
Andres Raddavero
Graphic Design/Marketing
Will Langley
Costume Designer
Elizabeth Grace Davis
Asst. Costume Designer
Haley Thomas
Scenic Artist
Amber Miller
Fight Choreographer
John Crosthwaite
Fight Captain
Jackson Taitano
Volunteer Coordinator
Kate Ory
Run Crew
Jaxon Strausbaugh
Run Crew
Calla Cox
Run Crew
Maya Stevens
SEASON SPONSOR

MEET THE CAST

(ordered alphabetically by first name)

Ashley Olson (Bianca, Huntsman)

Ashley Olson (she/her) is a student at Chico State University working towards a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. She can often be found in the prop shop making props for Chico State Theatre productions. Ashley has been participating in theatre from a young age but truly found her love for it while playing Juliet in her high school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Other notable roles she has played include Rosalind in As You Like It (Trinity High School), The Devil in The Soldier’s Tale (North State Symphony), Mrs. Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth (Shasta College), and Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music (Shasta College). This will be Ashley’s first time back on the stage since she moved to Chico. She is so thankful to get this opportunity to work with Legacy Stage!

Bill Harrington (Baptista)

Bill Harrington (he/him) has been active in local theater for over ten years, on both sides of the stage. Some recent favorite acting roles include Colonel Mustard in Clue (Chico Theatre Company-2021), Theseus/Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Legacy Stage-2022), and Sam Katz in Cemetery Club ( Chico Theater Company -2023). He worked as stage crew/swing for As you Like It (Legacy Stage -2023) and stage manager for Honky Tonk Laundry (Chico Theater Company -2023). He is thrilled to be working with Legacy once again and is excited to spend evenings in the park. He would like to thank his wife, Christi, for her love and the encouragement to step outside his comfort zone!

Demondra Martin (Hostess, Widow)

Hi everyone! My name is Demondra Martin (she/her) and I am a Chico State 2023 Musical Theatre (BFA) graduate! I am very excited to be apart this production for the second year in a row! In my free time you can find me journaling, cooking fun meals, or hanging out with my kitten, Brandi. This show is going to be amazing and I can’t wait for everyone to see!

Gabriella Saxon (Curtis, Player, Ensemble)

Gabriella Saxon (she/her) has a Bachelor’s in Theater Arts with honors at California State University, Chico. Her focus is in stage management and directing. She is happy to return to Legacy Stage for her third Shakespeare in the Park and she is so unbelievably excited to be here! This season, she will be performing in the cast. Her most recent acting credit is with CSU Chico’s Gender and Sexuality Coalition’s production of The Vagina Monologues in 2023. She has worked professionally as a production stage manager for American Dance Festival, stage manager for Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, directing with Inspire High School and Chico State. Gabriella strives to be a positive force in the theatre industry, and makes it a point to ensure the well-being of those she works with. She believes that the best art is made through respect and collaboration, and hopes to implement these practices with every piece she works on. Leading with kindness, equity, inclusion, and social justice, Gabriella hopes to make a positive impact in the theatre industry as she continues in her career.

Jackson Taitano (Grumio)

Jackson (they/them) feels blessed to end their time in Chico with Legacy Stage having participated in their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Puck the Fairy. They have been able to portray iconic roles such as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz and new exciting characters such as Pythio the Oracle in Head Over Heels and Barry Glickman in The Prom. In addition to Musical Theatre, Jackson has also pursued a career in dance working with local dance clubs to learn, choreograph, and share their love of dance. They have just graduated from Chico State with a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Dance. They will continue to follow their passions in New York City.

Jacob Harmon (Biondello, 2nd Player, Ensemble)

Jacob Harmon (he/him) is going into his senior year at Chico State, where he is working towards a BFA in Musical Theatre. His past credits include George in Stop, Kiss, Dametas in Head Over Heels, and Kyle in Legally Blonde. Jacob would like to thank his family & friends for their never ending support.

Jami Witt Miller (Kate)

Jami Witt Miller (she/her) is excited to return to the stage for Legacy Stage’s Shakespeare in the Park. Jami is a co-founder of Legacy Stage, bringing her passion for acting, intimacy choreography, and directing. Holding an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and a BFA in Performance from Eastern New Mexico University. She last performed on stage as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth with Legacy Stage. Jami recently directed Stop Kiss at California State University, Chico, and directed last year’s As You Like It. Jami has proudly called Chico home since 2015, where she resides with Matty, Mattingly, and Eddie James.

Justin Bryant (Hortensio)

Justin Bryant (he/him) holds his MFA in Creative Writing at San Jose State University in 2017. He currently works for Butte County Office of Education as a Teaching Artist in Residency where he educates adolescent students in improvisational theater and acting techniques, writing, and storytelling. Most of the classes are with the local High Schools and Junior High Schools in and surrounding Butte County, as well as the Juvenile Hall. He is also the president and director of education for Slow Theatre, a non-profit organization Theater Company in Chico, CA that emphasizes giving back to the community through theater education.

Kyle Horst (Petruccio)

Kyle (he/him) is elated to return for the third time to Shakespeare in the Park and Legacy Stage! During the day, Kyle plays the role of Dr. Kyle Horst – Professor of Psychology at Chico State and coordinator of the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program. Theater has been a part of his life from a young age. He played Baptista in his high school production of Taming of the Shrew some 20-plus years ago. Originally from Southern California, he married his true love in Kansas, after which they moved to Chico in 2014 to start their family. He is grateful for this opportunity to perform amongst the wind and trees and grass. Thank you to every person involved in this production, especially his beloved wife Erin. And thank you for taking the time to listen to this 430-year-old play. Enjoy!

Michael Anthony Cermeño (Lucentio)

Michael Anthony Cermeño is an actor and writer based out of California. Michael Anthony made his theatre debut in The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan while studying in Santa Cruz, CA. He has since performed in various comedic and dramatic roles, and is excited and humbled by the opportunity to portray Lucentio in one of The Bard’s most classic stories. If not on stage, or in front of a camera, you can usually find Michael Anthony with his nose in a book or seeking out adventure with his beloved partner, Jasmine.

Olivia Moffat (Peter, Haberdasher, The Merchant, Ensemble)

Olivia Moffat (she/her) is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major at Chico State. You may have seen her most recently as Emma in Chico State’s production of The Prom! Her recent credits at Chico also include Paulette Bonafonte in Legally Blonde, The Wicked Witch of the West/Almira Gulch in The Wizard of Oz and Pamela in Head Over Heels. This is Olivia’s first production with Legacy and her first time performing Shakespeare! She could not be more excited! Olivia would like to thank her friends/family and her girlfriend for all their love and support! Thanks to all who made this show possible!

Samantha Shaner (Gremio)

Samantha Shaner (she/her) would like to dedicate her performance tonight to every guy out there shooting his shot with a women WAY out of his league. This one’s for you!

Skylar Wondrusch (Nathaniel, 1st Player, Tailor, Ensemble)

Skylar Wondrusch (she/her) couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Legacy’s Shakespeare in the park for her third summer in a row! She is a first generation graduate who recently attended Chico State. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Dance. You may have seen her locals plays/musicals at Chico State portraying Romeo in Romeo and Juliet or in Head over Heels as Gynecia. She is originally from a town called Martinez located in the East Bay but she is quickly falling in love with Chico the more time she spends here. She loves theatre because she feels it is a place where you can truly be free, and even though you are playing someone else, you find yourself being the most authentic and uninhibited version of yourself. She identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community and is honored to be part of a production that is so representative of so many different identities. She is incredibly grateful for all of the love and support from her family and loved ones and hopes you all love the show as much as she does!

Trevor Ray Adams (Tranio)

Trevor is excited to join Legacy Stage for a third time in the park. He loves theatre for the thrill of playing make believe. Past credits: Legacy Stage: Touchstone (As You Like It), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Chico State Theatre: J.Finch/Others (Puffs), George/Detective Cole/Peter (u.s) (Stop Kiss), Garcin (No Exit), King Louis XIII (Three Musketeers), George (Romeo and Juliet). Film: Harrison (Krug), Stalker (Slasher Pro). He studied Theatre Arts at Butte Community College, Drama at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, and Theatre Arts at California State University, Chico, where he received his BA. He would like to thank his family and friends for the support and God for the opportunity.

SEASON SPONSOR

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM & CREW

(ordered alphabetically by first name)

Andres Raddavero (Lighting Design/Electrician)

Andres (he/him) is a graduating Chico State Theatre student, with many hours spent in the past 9 years doing technical theatre. His recent credits include Lighting Designer for Head Over Heels & Unity in Motion at Chico State. Andres would like to thank his mentors, family, and friends for their support over the years.

Charnneé (Production Associate)

Charnneé (she/her) returns to Legacy Stage this season, as their Production Associate. Most recently, they’ve worked on Legacy Stage’s 2023 production of LIZZIE. They’ve been working as a professional Stage Manager since 2014 in the Bay Area and Austin, TX. Most recent credits include: LIZZIE 2023 (Stage Manager), Kinky Boots 2023 (Stage Manager), Stage Kiss 2020 (Assistant Stage Manager), Cabaret 2019 (Assistant Stage Manager) at City Lights Theater Company, and Witch 2022 (Stage Manager) at Southwestern University.

Delisa Freisdatd (Stage Manager)

Delisa is so excited to be back in Bidwell Park with Legacy Stage for the fourth time! She has played a variety of roles (both onstage and off) in Chico’s community theater scene for 20 years. She lives in Chico with her lovely wife Betty and 2 feline children.

Elizabeth Grace Davis (Costume Designer)

Elizabeth is thrilled to be back with Legacy Stage for her third season. As an experienced Costume Designer and Crafts Artisan, Elizabeth obtained her MFA in Costume Design from Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana) and her BA from Ashland University (Ashland, Ohio). She has been serving as the Costume Shop Manager and resident Costume Designer at Chico State for the last 4 years. Her recent costume design credits include The Prom (Chico State), Lizzie (Legacy Stage), Toxic (City Lights Theatre), As You Like It (Legacy Stage), Three Musketeers (Chico State), Sylvia (Santa Rosa Junior College Summer Repertory Theatre), Cheery Docs (Jewish Theatre of Bloomington), Titus Andronicus (Indiana University), and many more.

Erin Horst (Director)

Erin (she/her) is honored to direct Legacy Stage’s The Taming of the Shrew (Kate’s Version). She is a co-founder and the current board president of Legacy Stage. Erin cultivated her professional theatrical experience in the Kansas City theatre community working at Starlight, The Unicorn, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theatre, Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park, The Barn Players, and Gladstone Theatre in the Park. She is passionately dedicated to Legacy Stage’s mission to create sustainable and professional theatre in Butte County. Erin earned a Master of Arts in Theatre History and Dramaturgy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Chapman University in Orange, California. Local credits include Blue Room Theatre, California Regional Theatre, California State University Chico, and Inspire School of Arts and Sciences. Southern California credits include La Jolla Playhouse and The Performing Arts Society at Chapman (PASC). Erin lives in Chico with her spouse, Kyle, and two children, James and Andrew. She’d like to dedicate this production to Tom Galbraith Bradac “Now cracke a Noble heart: Goodnight sweet Prince, And flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.”

Haley Thomas (Assistant Costume Designer/Wardrobe)

Haley Thomas (she/her) is a Senior Music Education major at Chico State. She has been interested in Theatre for many years and just began getting involved her Sophomore year of college, with credits in Cabaret and The Vagina Monologues. She then began working behind the scenes, attempting to work in Lighting and making costumes in the Costume Shop, as well as Assistant Music Directing for Head Over Heels and the student run musical The Shakespeare Revue. Haley would love to thank Lizzy Davis for all of her guidance and Legacy Stage for taking her on!!

Jaxon Strausbaugh (Run Crew)

Jaxon (he/him) is excited to return to Shakespeare in the Park for the third year in a row! Last year, you saw him as the role Dennis (with all two of his lines!) and this year you get to see him take on a behind the scenes role as a crew member!

Kate Ory (Volunteer Coordinator)

Kate Ory (she/her) has had a blast serving as treasurer on the Legacy Stage board of directors since 2019. She is honored to be surrounded by powerful, creative folks and honored to be a small part of the magic. She grew up watching her brother perform at Cedar Grove and loves to experience as many different types and interpretations of theater as possible. This year she is taking on the role of Volunteer Coordinator for Taming and is excited to serve alongside so many local theater lovers. All free time is spent with her pup Layla.

Lara Tenckhoff (Producer/Technical Director)

A graduate of CSU Chico with a degree in Theatre Arts, Lara Tenckhoff (she/her) is a Legacy Stage co-founder and Artistic Committee member. Lara was the recipient of prestigious accolades during her time at CSUC including the Brooks Thorlackson College of Humanities and Arts Outstanding Student Leader (2017), CSUC Outstanding Theatre Student (2017), and The Larry Wismer Drama Scholarship (2015, 2016). Additionally, in 2015 Lara was honored to be one of 30 students selected throughout the entire CSU system to study Commedia Dell Arte and clown at Italier Teatro Physico in Turin, Italy.  Notable professional acting credits include Blythe Spirit (Ruth) and The Music Man (Eulalie Mackeccknie Shinn). Most personally cherished recent directing credits include Lizzie: The Musical at Legacy Stage, These Shining Lives at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences, Bug at The Blue Room Theatre, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre for which she received the River City Reader’s award for Best Direction of a Musical. Lara is currently attending Tulane University pursuing a Master of Social Work degree. All the gratitude for her truest loves – Jake, Penny, Eloise, and Vivi – who make living magical.

Will Langley (Marketing Director/Graphic Design)

Will Langley (he/him) has served as a co-founding member of the Legacy Stage Board of Directors since 2019 and is thrilled to be a part of another year of Shakespeare in the Park. He is a member of the Legacy Stage Artistic Committee, and also serves as the Marketing Director and Graphic Designer. He has been in the graphic design industry for around twenty years, and has crafted intentional design work for hundreds of clients; most notably, television personality RuPaul, actor Jake Weber, musician Ricky Martin, and Tony Award Winning actor/singer/songwriter, Levi Kreis. Despite all the name-drops, Will’s favorite work has been with Legacy Stage. “Legacy Stage is everything to me. Our co-founders, directors, production team, cast – everyone involved – they bring it. This team is strong, everyone brings their A-game, and they all deserve attention. My goal is to highlight it, support it and promote it as best I can. I couldn’t be more proud of not only this company, but even more so, the amazing people behind the scenes, the creative vision, and the unexpected friendships curated along the way. Legacy brings intended purpose to the stage, which you don’t often see. It’s next level.”

SHOW SPONSORS & CONTRIBUTORS

SPECIAL THANK YOU’S

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences
Chico State Costume & Properties Shop
Klean Kanteen
Ken Pordes
Meagan Heller

LEGACY STAGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jake Fender
Marquita Goodman
Erin Horst
Will Langley
Kate Ory
Lara Tenckhoff
Jami Witt Miller

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT!

After tonight’s performance, we would love to hear what you thought of everything! All feedback will be reviewed by our production team and the Legacy Stage board of directors. Your quote might even make it on our social media feed!