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IVRT’s “Kiss Me Kate” opens to sold-out house at Candlelight

July 29, 2010

Alison England

Inland Valley Repertory Theatre mounts its productions at the roomy Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont. They needed every seat last night when Ali England Sam and Dirk Rogers lit up the stage in Kiss Me, Kate.  Their voices alone are worth the price of admission.

It’s part of IVRT’s 2010 “Wednesdays Just Got Dramatic” season. The production also features Allison Knight, Chris Giroux, Desmond Clark, Robert Hoyt, and a cast of 30 with a live orchestra ensemble. It is musically directed by David Osborn and Ronda Rubio and directed by and Frank Minano (who doubles as the General) and Hope Kaufman. Jeff Teague is the choreographer.

From the release: This play-within-a-play combines the sophistication and wit of Cole Porter’s music and lyrics with “The Taming of the Shrew.” The story recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding romantic couples during a touring production of the Shakespeare play. Kiss Me, Kate features eighteen classic Cole Porter songs including “Another Opening, Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “Too Darn Hot,” “So in Love,” among many others.

Performances run Wednesdays, July 28th, August 4th and August 11th at 7:30pm. There is one matinee performance on August 11th at 2:30pm. Tickets for Kiss Me, Kate are $27 general admission and $24 for the matinee at 2:30 on August 11th. The venue does not serve dinner for these performances, but bar beverages and desserts may be purchased. All seats are reserved. Doors open 45 minutes prior to curtain.

Dirk Rogers

The award-winning local theater company IVRT performs at the Candlelight Pavilion, located at 455 West Foothill Boulevard at the corner of Indian Hill in Claremont. For reservations to Kiss Me, Kate, please contact the box office at (909) 626-1254 ext. 1 or visit online at

IVRT is a non-profit, regional theater company that has performed throughout the Inland Valley in various venues. In 2007, IVRT announced an alliance with the Candlelight Pavilion, and the “Wednesdays Just Got Dramatic” concept was born. Creatively utilizing the set from the current Candlelight Pavilion mainstage production, IVRT’s artistic team plans its season and effectively transforms the stage. During the past two seasons, the Wednesday series has become a huge success culminating last year with the sold out run of The Most Happy Fella, singled out by Inland Empire Weekly as a “Pick of the Week.”

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