Kiss Me Kate
Queanbeyan Players Inc presents
Kiss Me Kate

18 Jun 2021 to 27 Jun 2021

“Kiss Me, Kate” is the Broadway hit musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music and lyrics by the brilliant Cole Porter. It was Porter’s response to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” (QP’s third production for 2021) and other “integrated musicals” and was the first show he wrote in which the music and lyrics are firmly connected to the script. 


The show opens with a theatre company preparing to stage a musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”.  The conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer and star, and his leading lady(and ex-wife!) Lilli Vanessi, parallels their roles in the play as Petruchio (the suitor) and Kate (the Shrew) undertake an historic battle of the sexes. To add to the hilarity is the strange romance between, Lois Lane, the flirty actress playing Bianca and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul of some “old school” gangsters (featuring two of Canberra/Queanbeyan’s best and most loved actors Dick Goldberg and David “Dogbox” Cannell) who teach us how to “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”!


This is a classic “golden era” musical comedy but refreshed for and set in the 21st century starring Janelle McMenamin (Hello Dolly!, Next To Normal) as Lilli/Kate, Adam Best (Barnum) as Fred/Petruchio, Sammy Marceddo (We Will Rock You, 42nd Street) as Lois/Bianca and Nathaneal Patterson (Les Misérables, Cosi Fan Tutte) as Bill/Lucentio.


Director: Michael Moore 

Musical Director: Leisa Keen

Choreographer: Lauren Chapman

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Session TimesTicket PricesDuration
2 hours 30 mins, incl interval

Creatives Michael Moore
Michael Moore


Kiss Me Kate (Director)

Hello Dolly! (Director)

The Producers (Assistant Director)



South Pacific (Emile de Becque)

Die Fledermaus (Dr Falke)

Phantom of the Opera (M. Firmin)

CATS (Old Deuteronomy)

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Chairman Womper)

The Mikado (The Mikado)

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Miles Gloriosus)

Les Miserables (Javert Understudy)

Cabaret (Max)

Jesus Christ Superstar (Priest)

Fiddler On The Roof (Lazar Wolf)

Rocky Horror Show (Frank N Furter)

Turandot (Ping)

Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas)

Godspell (Judas)

The Wiz (Wizard)

South Pacific (Emile de Becque)


The Caretaker (Aston)

The Crucible (Cheever) 

The Caucasion Chalk Circle (The Judge)

The Merchant of Venice (Antonio)

King Lear (Edgar)


Lucy’s Heart (Dad) 

The Detective (Barman)



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Cast Actor Janelle McMenamin

Janelle most recently performed the role of Kate/Lilli in Queanbeyan Players production of Kiss Me, Kate (having previously performed the role of Lois/Bianca for Phoenix Players/Papermoon). 

Janelle earned a CAT Award nomination for her portrayal of Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and then went on to perform lead and supporting roles in many other theatre productions such as Grizabella in Free Rain’s CATS and the French femme fatale Paula Abagnale in Dramatic Productions’ staging of Catch Me If You Can as well as performing in two major productions - Mary Poppins (Winifred Banks u/s) for Free Rain, at The Canberra Theatre followed by Jesus Christ Superstar - the Arena Spectacular (Soul Sister) at the AIS Arena.

Two more recent favourites include the lead roles of Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! and Diana in Phoenix Player’s critically acclaimed production of Next to Normal. 

Other theatre roles include Titanic: The Musical (Kate Murphy), Les Miserablés (Fantine u/s), Return to the Forbidden Planet (Satellite Sister), Tarantara, Tarantara (Rose Hervey), Eurobeat (Estelle LeCroix), Chicago (Sassy Sinner), Jazz Garters (Soloist), Showtune(Soloist), Oliver!, CATS (Exotica) as well as originating the roles of Eve and Cleopatra in Sevenonesix’s production of Department of Heaven.

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