Kiss Me Kate
Three years after the first New College musical the time was right for NC residents to produce a second musical. Kiss Me Kate was staged May 20-23 bringing together music, dance, drama, art, construction, light and sound expertise and DVD production skills. Over a hundred residents brought their collective talents together in an incredible production.
The production was produced by arrangement with the Tams-Witmark Music Library New York. Unlike the previous musical The Pirates of Penzance, the cost of staging Kiss Me Kate was potentially prohibitive. Despite the high cost of obtaining the rights to produce Kiss Me Kate, the play returned a modest surplus from sponsorship, tickets, merchandise, fundraising and shop sales. The whole production team put in a great effort and the hard work was rewarded by the audiences’ responses over the four nights.
Particularly noteworthy were the high quality musical direction from Luke Iredale accompanied by James McAtamney on piano and the quality and complexity of the props designed by residents specifically for the production.
The College welcomed an Alumni contingent each night who were impressed by the quality of the production. One Alumni member said:
“We attended the New College musical last Thursday and found it immensely entertaining. Please pass on our congratulations to those involved in its production and our encouragement for the future support of musical productions in College.”
This year’s Play was a wonderful occasion for all involved. Bravo! Musical Director – Luke Iredale
Directors – Sam Hile and Sarah Perkins
Producers – Damon Booth and Grace Tomlin