‘The Taming of the Shrew’ — Jersey style

Julie Anchor portrays the “shrewish” Kate and Allen Pontes is Petruchio in Main Street Theatre Works’ Jersey-style production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Photo by Terri Brindisi

JACKSON — Main Street Theatre Works is proud to kick off its 2012 Summer Season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson, with William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, June 22 through July 21. Doors open at 6:30 for picnics, show starts at 8. Patrons are encouraged to come early with their picnics, chairs and jackets. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located on North Main Street in Jackson, next to the Country Squire Motel.

In 2001 MSTW staged a traditional version of “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Sutter Creek Theatre, starring Julie Anchor and Allen Pontes as Kate and Petruchio. This year, the two will be reunited in a contemporary version of this “battle of-the-sexes love story,” East Coast style — think “Jersey Shore” meets “The Sopranos.”

Head of the Minola family, Baptista Minola is trying to sell off his two prize possessions — his daughters. For his youngest daughter, Bianca, there is much interest but for Kate, not so much. But in respect for the family, Baptista has to make sure his oldest daughter Katerina is married first. Not so easy, as she’s an “evil-tempered woman — a shrew.” Enter Petruchio, sworn to be loyal to Minola, and happy to take care of the Kate “situation.” But this is a far more complicated job than he anticipated and unexpected obsessions get in the way.

Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $12 for students/children younger than 18 and $49 for a family pack of two adults and two children. Tickets are available at the gate, at Hein & Company in downtown Jackson or online at mstw.org.

Main Street Theatre Works is a professionally oriented, rural theatre company performing in the heart of Amador County. Now in its 17th season, MSTW continues to be dedicated to bringing professional and community theatre artists together to produce classical and contemporary plays, striving for a balance that stimulates both artists and audiences. An ensemble of gifted actors, directors, and designers lend their vision and skills to create rich seasons of comedy and drama.

The setting for the amphitheatre is truly spectacular. Located on the Kennedy Mine property, patrons walk past an old tailing wheel (used when the mine was in operation), across an old bridge, into a grass-covered, terraced bowl, surrounded by majestic oaks. There the stage is set for picnicking and enjoying professional quality productions, from Main Street Theatre Works, just awarded “Best Theatre Company in the Motherlode.”

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