Steven W. Gwilt=Baptista
Casey M. Fox=Bianca
Philip Charles Horn=Vincentio
Matthew Scott Baxter=Lucentio
David R. Johnson=Gremio
Tobias J. Turner=Tranio
Rachel N. Perry=Haberdasher
Kenny Payne= Servant
Directed by Mark Harry Creter
Asst. Director/Stage Manager…….Ryan Palombo
Assistant Stage Manager…….Liv Sinclair
Backstage Assistant…….Angela Lasater
Producers…….Chad McDonald, Steve Gwilt
Costume Design & Construction….Jennifer Dotson-Creter
Lighting Design & Engineer……Brandon Walls
Set Construction…….Chad McDonald,
Brandon Walls, Dominick Sciacca
Poster & Program & Artwork…….Wayne Hogan
Poster & Program layout……..Steve Gwilt
Presented by The Dept. of Leisure Services,
Cultural Arts Division
The Cookeville Drama Center, in conjunction with
The TTU Backdoor Playhouse
TTU Backdoor Playhouse
Dave Johnson, TheJane Ellen Experience
Clear Channel Communications
Kathy Gilpatrick, Wesley Foundation Arena Theatre
Camille Fliss, Herald Citizen,
***Please turn off all pagers, cell phones, and other infernal noisemakers***
A Few Thoughts from the Director
Welcome to the third annual Shakespeare in the Park! It has been a real treat for me to direct Taming of the Shrew this summer. I have had an intimate association with this play since the summer of 1990 when I played the role of Petruchio in a production of Shrew in Altoona, PA. Shrew was also the inaugural production (with me as Petruchio) for the Knoxville Shakespeare Festival in 1991. I came back to the role of Petruchio again in the fall of 1993 when the Wesley Foundation presented the show under the direction of Nancy Kelly. Now here we are 13 years later and I’m finally getting to direct the show while leaving the sweating and yelling in the capable hands of Charles Long. I am seeing this play as a love story in a way that a never have before. It truly is a love story about two difficult people who find their way in the world together. As in life, Kate and Petruchio find love after facing a series of obstacles both external and internal. This early work of Shakespeare’s is not a perfect play, and not as polished as his later work but is a definite crowd-pleaser and a whole lot of fun. Thanks for supporting Shakespeare in Cookeville. And don’t be shy about letting the City leaders know that you want more. Not every Cookeville-size town has a Shakespeare Festival. We are unique in that respect but this festival needs to grow. The actors need dressing rooms and bathrooms; the technicians need storage space for props, costumes and sets. The festival needs to hire a full-time publicist to get the word out to everyone. It would be wonderful to be able to pay all the actors a decent wage so they could commit to the work without figuring out how to pay their rent. I would love to see the festival grow to the point where we could do two full productions in revolving rep. Imagine getting to see both Macbeth and Twelfth Night in the same week, with the same actors! I would love to see our festival travel to perform in surrounding communities that may not have access to the artistic opportunities available in Cookeville. All this growth requires money and community support. Let the City of Cookeville and the Department of Leisure Services know that you are grateful for this Shakespeare Festival and that you want more.
—Mark H. Creter
Matt Melton (Bambio) is glad to be in another show and happy to be working with Mark again. Here’s to the ladies who drink their lunch, “ Ladies drink your juice.”
Clay Perdue (Joseph) loves to act.
Anthony Herd (Nicholas) is glad to dance anywhere he can. Thanks Mark for the opportunity.
Kenny Payne (Servant) is happy to have been given this opportunity by Mark and Sweet thang to do his thang in Shakespeare in the Park.
C. Ryan Palombo(Stage Manager/Assistant Director)- Ryan Palombo is a recent graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a degree in Secondary Education-Speech Communications and Theatre. He was most recently seen as Dr. Maguire in the Backdoor Playhouse’s production of Look Homeward, Angel. He would like to thank the cast and crew for their hard work and dedication to his favorite Shakespearean play. He would like to give a shout out to the ladies that drink their lunch, Blanche, Myrtle, Rose, and Thelma. Thanks for the memories!
Liv Sinclair (Assistant Stage Manager) performs the magic that keeps a show on its feet. Seen onstage generally during scene changes, Liv organizes the zaniness to make a show happen.
Elizabeth Ayres (Curtis, the old Pedant) is a 23-year-old recent TTU graduate, earning her Master’s in English with a concentration in Shakespeare, no less. She is nothing less than overjoyed that she has officially accomplished one of her life goals by performing in one of the Bard’s plays. She thanks Bubby for her support, her friends for their love, “the Girls” (Blanche, Shelby, and Myrtle) for many fun
games of “Clue” and “Chandeliers,” Mark Creter for this opportunity, the cast for laughs, and her boyfriend Toby for making her happier than she’s ever been before.
Mary Boring (Widow) is enjoying her first Shakespeare in the Park experience, having appeared locally in Drama Center Backstage, Wesley Theatre, Backdoor Playhouse and Children’s Theatre productions. Getting to perform with all you great actors, and especially her husband Philip, is a thrilling event! Thanks to all the production crew, particularly Mark and Ryan, for putting on a fabulous show.
Samantha Miller (Biondella a.k.a. saucy servant) (Tailor) is verily excited to be a part of Shakespeare in the Park once again. You may remember her as the orange fairy in Midsummer’s Night Dream or as the scantily clad ditz in the recent Backstage production of Noises Off. She sends much love and thanks to Elijah and Erik and especially to the cast and crew for doing a fabulous job and being free babysitters. You guys are brilliant!
Rachel N. Perry (Haberdasheress) -A hometown girl, Rachel
participated in several children’s theater productions while growing up. She is a classically trained soprano who has been in the cast of several operas, portraying the Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, the Grandmother in Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood, and in the chorus of the BSO production of La Boheme. She is enjoying returning to the stage and looks forward to future endeavors.
Steven W. Gwilt (Baptista) – Two spicy daughters and a saucy servant make for elevated etro-levels in the Minola household! Steva has been engaged in a few Shakespearean enterprises over a score of years; Richard III, Macbeth, Henry V, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (x2), Hamlet, Loves Labour’s Lost, Romeo & Juliet, The 15 Minute Hamlet, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (if that counts). This is his second go at Taming of the Shrew. Happy B-day Amy!
Tamara Guzlas (Katharina) -Chicago gal Tamara Guzlas (Katharina) proudly makes her second appearance here at Dogwood Shakespeare in the Park. Other local stage appearances include (Dottie Otley) in “Noises Off” at the Drama Center, (Hippolyta) in “Midsummer Nights Dream,” at Dogwood Shakespeare in the Park and (M’Lynn Eatenton) in “Steel Magnolias” at the Backdoor Playhouse at TTU. Thanks to Mark for once again taking a chance on me; to Charles for asking me to play opposite him. I can’t think of anyone else whom I want to get beat up by; to my mom and dad who continue to love and support me; to Monica, my big sis who bails me out late at night to run lines, “thank you for putting up with me;” to Jason, my love, my knight in shining armor, the one who has helped me find peace; and to my dearest Aunt Kathy, my biggest fan, whom I miss with all of my heart. This is for you KATE!
Casey M. Fox (Bianca) thinks it for the best that no one knows what she does when she’s not on stage.
Philip Charles Horn (Vincentio) -“Where are we?” “Goslow” “That’s go slow, you idiot!” Thanks Mark, Kathy G. and my loving wife Mary.
Matthew Baxter(Lucentio) is a native of Arrington, TN, but is gradually coming to call Cookeville his new home. Now a junior at TTU, Matthew has made appearances in such shows as “Equus” and “Raised in Captivity” at Tech’s Backdoor Playhouse but with this production is making his debut on the Dogwood Park stage. Big thanks to Mark for the opportunity, his family for their support, and Rose, Blanche, and Shelby for holding out for some Skynyrd.
Charles A. Long (Petruchio) is returning for his second season with Dogwood Shakespeare in the Park. Charles has but one request for his bio… and thus it reads: “I would like to thank my wife Stephanie. Only through her love and continued support in all my ventures into life’s “stages”, can I honestly say that my mind, body and soul are at peace knowing I have the love of my life by my side.”
Dave Johnson (Gremio) is an Associate Professor of English and Communication at Volunteer State Community College in Livingston, and hosts radio programs at Clear Channel Communications in Cookeville. His acting experience includes productions at the Tennessee Tech Backdoor Playhouse, Wesley Arena Theater, Cookeville Summer Theater, Drama Center Backstage Series, as well as other shows around the region. He will be directing the return of Escanaba In Da Moonlight. for the Drama Center Backstage Series this October.
Patrick Mannle (Hortensio) is honored to be a part of the third annual Dogwood Shakespeare in the Park after appearing in the inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the second season production of Romeo and Juliet. He wishes to thank Chad, Steve, Brandon, the City of Cookeville for affording this opportunity, thanks to Mark for the chance to play such a lively character, and to Ryan, Liv, and Jen for all of their hard work. Love to both sets of parents; Jay, Nayda, Sarah, and Merry. Most of all love to Katie who makes all wonderful things even better.
Tobias J. Turner (Tranio) finds that, after performing on various Cookeville stages for a little over a year, the same holds true: he must thank his friends and family for their unconditional support; especialy his parents, Elizabeth, and Joe.
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Mark H. Creter is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Tennessee Technological University as well as the artistic director of TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse. This past year he directed successful productions of Raised in Captivity by Nicky Silver and Look Homeward, Angel by Ketti Frings as well as performing the role of Lloyd Dallas in the wildly successful Backstage Series production of Noises Off by Michael Frayn for the Cookeville Drama Center. Last summer he directed Romeo and Juliet for the Second annual Shakespeare in the Park at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion in Cookeville and the world premiere of The Rude Pundit in the Year of Living Rudely for the International Fringe Festival in New York City.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatrical Production from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After finishing his college training he spent a number of years performing professionally in regional theatres and dinner theatres from Greensboro, North Carolina to Omaha, Nebraska. Eventually he settled in Tennessee, first in Knoxville where he co-founded the Tennessee Stage Company and their East Tennessee Shakespeare Festival and now in Cookeville where he continues to get into all kinds of theatrical trouble.
He is professionally associated with the Tennessee Theatre Association, the South Eastern Theatre Conference, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
He sends love and thanks to his beautiful wife Jennifer for her constant love and support and to his beautiful blue-eyed son Gus.