Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Kiss Me, Kate" Notable News

Burlington High School will hold the final three performances of Kiss Me, Kate this weekend in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center.

The Friday night performance will honor members of the Burlington High School Red Devil Hockey Team who will be in the audience with their family members. The young men, newly crowned MIAA Division I State Champs, exemplify how hard work, practice and perseverance can help reach the ultimate goal. These skills and qualities are also indicative of the cast and crew of Kiss Me, Kate who have worked for weeks in rehearsal for this successful production.

Also present at Friday night’s performance will be members of the BHS Italian Club who will be accompanied by visiting students from the Instituto Tecnico Pilati from Cles, Italy. The Italian students have spent the past week with BHS families as part of their annual exchange.

Saturday night’s performance will be extra special for the cast and crew as it will be attended by Kevin B. McGlynn, a member of the first national tour of Kiss Me, Kate. McGlynn played the role of The General in the production which starred Rachel York and Rex Smith. A native of Massachusetts and a Boston Conservatory classmate of guidance counselor Stephanie Diozzi, he has performed across the country in productions including Guys and Dolls, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Annie, All Shook Up (first national tour) and various productions of Forbidden Broadway.

Following the Saturday night performance, the cast and crew of Kiss Me, Kate will have an informal Q&A with McGlynn at which time they will be able to ask him about the show and his life as an actor.

Tickets for all three performances this weekend are still available. For tickets please visit or phone 781-A-FUN-TIC. They may also be available at the door.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kiss Me Kate Final Performances This Weekend

The final performances of Kiss Me, Kate will take place this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. If you don't have your ticket yet, now is the time to buy! Don't miss this hilarious musical comedy starring Futaba Shioda and Zaven Ovian as ex-spouses battling til the bitter end on stage as they portray characters from a musical "Taming of the Shrew." Also featuring Emily Martin and Eddie Gelberg, Nicollette Moodie and Eddie Chilliest, Stuart Gelin, and Patrick Hanafin and Nikhil Thakkar, plus 90+ more BHS students.

Visit or phone 781-A-FUN-TIC for tickets today!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Opening Night: Kiss Me, Kate keeps 'em laughing!

Tonight is opening night for Kiss Me, Kate.If you haven't already bought your tickets, perhaps a little photo persuasion will do the job! Tickets are available at the door tonight or online at or by phone at 781-238-6842 for future performances: March 24, 30, 31 at 7:30 pm and April 1 at 2:00 pm.

"Another Openin', Another Show"

Petruchio sings of how he's "Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua"

Some persuasion of a theatrical are wonderful, stay in the show or else!

"We open in Venice!"


"Why can't you behave?"

"I hate men!"

"Any Tom, Dick or Harry"

So what are you waiting for???
See you at the show!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kiss Me Kate: "Another Opening, Another Show" and this one is "Too Darn Hot!"

Burlington High School's spring musical, Kiss Me, Kate, is ready to open tomorrow night! This Broadway musical by legendary American composer Cole Porter is filled with raucous comedy and BHS' production will have you rolling in the aisles with its slapstick version of the show.

Here are a few fun and interesting facts that might pique your interest:

  • There are 94 students in the cast of Kiss Me, Kate
  • There are 20 crew members who move sets, place props, open and close curtains and fly blackdrops.
  • There are 18 wireless microphones that are in constant use.
  • 12 professional orchestra members are in the pit.
  • This is the 47th musical performed on the stage at Fogelberg Auditorium.
  • The first BHS musical was performed in 1963.
  • Kiss Me Kate made its Broadway debut on December 30, 1948 and ran for a total of 1,047 shows at both the New Century Theatre and the Schubert.
  • There was a Broadway revival in 1998 with a total of 881 performances.
  • The original production received 5 Tony Awards in 1949.
  • The revival won 5 Tony Awards and 5 Drama Desk Awards.
  • The London revival of Kiss Me, Kate won 8 Laurence Olivier awards in 2002

Kiss Me, Kate will be performed March 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 7:30 pm and on April 1 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are still available for this fantastic show. You can purchase them online by visiting or by phone at 781-238-6842.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

25K tix/10 years: BHS spring musical tips the scales with Kiss Me, Kate

Burlington High School has been lauded for its technological advances in education and is now on the forefront of another imminent milestone.

As the curtain opens at the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 23, the school will not only perform Cole Porter's Tony award-winning musical production, Kiss Me, Kate, but it will close in on the 25,000th ticket sold over the past ten years.

Artistic director and producer John Middleton-Cox has been involved with these productions for all ten years. Some may say he is an innovator in the world of high school productions, nurturing some fantastic talent and producing shows that are provocative, endearing and just plain entertaining.

Among the shows have been Jekyll &Hyde, Mame, Anything Goes, Les Miserables, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wizard of Oz, Titanic and Beauty and the Beast.

Selling 25,000 tickets over a ten year span is no small task. In 2002 approximately 900 general seating tickets were sold for Fiddler on the Roof mostly through print media. As the years progressed the numbers grew at an impressive rate which can be attributed to electronic means such as social networking sites, e-bulletins and event bulletin boards.

Rather than a three-show run over one weekend, the spring production now spans over two-weekends with a total of five performances. Last year's ticket sales reached a single production record of 4,027 when BHS performed Beauty and the Beast.

Burlington High School's spring musical has become the event of the year for the community, bringing young and old out to see great musical theatre in their own backyard.

Kiss Me, Kate will be performed in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of the high school on March 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 7:30 pm, and April 1 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. To purchase tickets visit or phone 781-238-6842.

Fogelberg Performing Arts Center is handicapped accessible.