Tryon Little Theater announces cast for “Kiss Me, Kate”

Published 5:03 pm Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tryon Little Theater is pleased to announce the cast for the upcoming show, “Kiss Me, Kate.” 

The masterful Director Dan Harvey returns for “Kiss Me, Kate.” You may remember him from “The Lazy Chaperone.” Talented Pam McNeil demonstrates her amazing expertise as musical director. The capable, unflappable Jody McPherson holds it all together as the stage manager/producer. Energetic Missy Fincher challenges the dancers. Michelle Fleming creates fashion statements with her costumes. Dietrich Jackson will reveal all with his tasteful lighting. An incredible set designer, Lindsey Moore, and his wonderful supporting group of builders and artists, are already at work. The actors, dancers and singers continue to rehearse as they dodge the snowy weather.

“Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband actor/director Fred Graham battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew,’” says Dan Harvey. “With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes high jinx, “Kiss Me, Kate” combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers, Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. A wonderfully talented cast made up of 24 actors from North and South Carolina, ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ should bring enjoyment to all audiences.”

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The show runs Feb. 15 – 18 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on Melrose Avenue in Tryon. Visit to order your tickets online, or call 828-859-2466 for more information.

– submitted by Ford Smith

The Cast:

Fred Graham/Petruchio – Chris Tinkler

Lilli Vanessi/Katharine – Wendi Arms

Lois Lane/Bianca – Susie Kocher

Bill Calhoun/Lucentio – Guy Winker

Hattie (Lilly’s Assistant) – Tena Greene

Gremio (Suitor) – George Alley

Hortensio (Suitor) – Peter Eisenbrown

Ralph (Stage Manager) – Stephen Harris

Paul (Fred’s Dresser) – Mike O’Steen

Gen. Harrison Howell – Lindsey Moore

Harry Trevor/ Baptista – Steve Porter

Man 1 (Gangster) – Stan Peal

Man 2 (Gangster) – Lou Buttino

Doorman (Pops) – Jeff Carter


Nancy Winker (Haberdasher)

Maryneal Jones

Rachel Harris (Wardrobe Lady)

Reese Alley

Barbara Clark

Jennifer Monterisi

Emma Hay

Jeff Carter

Michelle Keyes