"The Taming of the Shrew", the major production of the Theatre Arts department's season, opens Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Campus Theatre at 8 p.m.
Offering insight into the historical position of women in society and featuring two energetic contenders in a traditional battle of the sexes, William Shakespeare's "Taming" will also be performed Nov. 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15.
In the comedy, the battle of the sexes takes place between Katherina, the headstrong daughter of a wealthy family, and Petruchio, a dynamic fortune hunter. The taming of Katherina and the wooing of her sister, Bianca, by two suitors provide the setting for the play.
In the role of the obstinate Katherina is Becca Godinez, a resident of the Philippines studying theatre arts in the United States and currently living in Placentia. She has played Anita in "West Side Story" and Jessie in "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" previously at FC.
Katherina's husband and tamer is Vince Fay of Brea. He was the promoter in "The Lark", a 1973 Theatre Arts production.
Kathryn Oveson of Anaheim, who was also in "West Side Story" this summer, is Bianca; while Charles Baugh of Fullerton, in his first role for FC, portrays the father Baptista.
Bianca's suitors are Greg Cole of Fullerton, previously seen as Jim in "The Glass Menagerie", and Kevin Coots of Garden Grove, who was Harry in "The Prisoner: of Second Avenue".
"The Taming of the Shrew" is directed by George Stoughton, Theatre Arts instructor, who emphasizes student involvement in all phases of production.
Theatre Arts major Charles O'Connor of Fullerton has designed the stage set and is supervising its construction.
"O'Connor has a spark of theatrical genius, with the necessary self-discipline and ability to handle the responsibility of carrying through the project", said Todd Glen, theatre crafts instructor, in emphasizing that such a task of designing and supervising is a rare accomplishment for an undergraduate.
Staging of the classic is an important part of the study of drama. Jim Henderson, instructor in dramatic skills, explained that one period piece is considered for each season's program because of the challenge of make-up, costume design, stylized acting and poetic language.
He added that this production of Shakespeare's work will be a light-hearted, romping version.
Theatre Arts department chairman George Archambeqult's philosophy is that, the growth and
development of the' student' must be the primary concern and therefore each production is selected, planned, rehearsed and produced in terms of the opportunities it offers the theatre arts students.
Additional information on the production and ticket reservation may be obtained by phoning the FC Theatre Arts department box office ext. 77, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.