Event Calendar


July 14th-16th, 21st-23rd


14th 7:30 pm

15th 7:30 pm

16th 2:00 pm

21st 7:30 pm

22nd 7:30 pm

23rd 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices:

General: $25.00

Groups: $24.00

Members & Students: $22.00

Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center:

324 Pine Street (Inside City Hall)

Kiss Me, Kate

Cole Porter’s Tony Award Winning Musical

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by Sam and Bella Spewack. Kiss Me, Kate is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022.

The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul of some gangsters. This is a play-within-a-play where each cast member’s on-stage life is complicated by what is happening offstage. Musical hits include “Why Can’t You Behave”, “So In Love Am I”, “Wunderbar”, “Tom, Dick or Harry”, “Were Thine That Special Face”, “Too Darn Hot”, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”, “I Hate Men”, “Always True to You (In My Fashion)” and “Another Op’nin, Another Show”.


Purchase a ticket to Kiss Me, Kate and a ticket to Taming of the Shrew TOGETHER and save more than 15% off of regular prices!

General Bundle: $34
Members Bundle: $30
Contact the Tarpon Arts Box Office to purchase Value Bundles: 727.942.5605.




Fred Graham/Petruchio: Drew Eberhard

Lilli Vanessi/Katherine: Vanessa Tompkins

Lois Lane/Bianca: Gianna Karber

Bill Calhoun/Lucentio: T.J. Venieris

Gremio: Tom Workman

Hortensio: Eric Weber

First Man: Bruce Taylor

Second Man: George Steffens

Harry Trevor/Baptista: Tim Kilraine

Harrison Howell: Jeff Lacroix

Stage Manager: Colleen St. Lawrence



Alicia Jiracek
Deb Whitehouse
Roberta Vanbuskirk
Carrie Hemenway
Kae Lynn Bennett
Kaiya Ochoa
Angelina Fotopolous
Mary Lee Owens
Maddie Kilraine
Sandra Ann Corey
John Owens
Mark Owens
Andrew Larsen




Overture – Piano

Another Op’nin’, Another Show – Lois & Chorus

Why Can’t You Behave? – Lois & Bill

Wunderbar – Lilli & Fred

So In Love – Lilli

We Open in Venice – Katherine, Petruchio, Bianca, Lucentio & Chorus

Tom, Dick or Harry – Bianca & Suitors

I’ve Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua – Petruchio & Men

I Hate Men – Katherine

Were Thine That Special Face – Petruchio

I Sing of Love – Ensemble

Finale – Ensemble



Entr’acte – Piano

Too Darn Hot – Paul & Men

Where is the Life That Late I Led? – Petruchio

Always True To You (In My Fashion) – Lois

Bianca – Bill

So In Love – Fred

Brush Up Your Shakespeare – Two Gangsters

Women Are So Simple – Katherine

Finale – Ensemble