HDO presents "Kiss Me, Kate"

Opening night is December 30th

Kiss me, Kate


High Desert Opera will produce Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate" this winter at Robinson Theatre at CMU in Grand Junction, CO.

There are expected to be 4 performances of the show.

Auditions will be held on August 27th. (scroll down for Audition info)

Story Synopsis

The musical, written by Samuel and Bella Spewack, follows the story of 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.

Adding to the dynamic mix on set is a secondary romance concerning another actress and her gambler boyfriend, who is business with gangsters.

"Kiss Me, Kate" was the first show that Cole Porter wrote in which the music and lyrics were firmly connected to the script. he show ran for over 1,000 performances on Broadway.

First United Methodist Church

Auditions for "Kiss Me, Kate"

  • WHO: High Desert Opera (and James Werner)
  • WHAT: "Kiss Me, Kate" auditions
  • WHEN: Sunday, August 27th from 1:00-3:00 pm
  • WHERE: First United Methodist Church at 522 White Ave in Grand Junction (Map)

Guidelines for auditions

If you want to audition for a principal role in this production, please contact the artistic director James Werner at 970-644-2724 to arrange a time slot between 1 and 3 pm.

  • Bring sheet music for ANY song that you would like to sing.

  • A pianist will be provided.

  • Please bring a brief resumé of your theatre experience.

  • CONTACT James Werner at 970-644-2724 to schedule your audition or for more info

For chorus singers: if you have been in our HDO chorus in any of the past recent productions and are NOT auditioning for a principal role but want to join the chorus again, please contact James Werner

Thank you for auditioning. We hope to see you there!