Taming Of The Shrew Character Analysis

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Congratulations for your excellent audition for The Sunset Assembly Hall’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. You have been chosen to play the part of Katherine because your performance demonstrated the qualities which we were seeking for this role. Out of all who audition, your interpretation stood out to us as the one best fitting for our particular production of this comedy. Katherine is known to be headstrong and stubborn, but complex characters always have deeper emotions and motivations, which were evident in your portrayal. This complexity is an aspect we really want to draw out. For Sunset Assembly’s production this year, we want to really focus on characterization in performance. In order to do so successfully, stage and costume…show more content…
We see this from the way he tends to favor Bianca over Kate, such as when he leaves Katherine behind because “he has more to commune with Bianca” (1.1.102-103). Reflect upon the way this preferential treatment would affect Katherine’s relationship with her sister. In what ways would this be expressed onstage? Later, when Baptista comes across Katherine assaulting the favored daughter, his diction further depicts his favoritism: “Poor girl” of Bianca, “devilish spirit” of Kate, “Why dost thou wrong her that did ne’er wrong thee?” (2.1.25-30). How would personal discrimination affect you and the way in which you treat…show more content…
We’ve questioned whether or not there’s a lingering jealousy between the two. Supporting this roughness, we’ve chosen to have Bianca portrayed as someone who is faking her innocence. We gathered this idea from the way she is almost unrealistically submissive and gentle up until the last scene, where she no longer needs to hide behind a mask because she has already been married. In the final scene, we meet a Bianca unafraid to speak her mind, calling her sister’s obedience a “foolish duty” and dismissing her husband as a “fool” for betting on her own tameness (5.2.139,143). Perhaps Katherine has always been able to see past this facade, and is irritated further when Bianca gets away with it. We perceive it is these reasons, or a similar background, which have impacted who Kate is. Based on these judgements, we were able to further interpret our vision for the production, and the portrayal of Kate. Our main idea revolves around the “taming” of Katherine, as it mostly clearly reveals the character to the audience depending on how it is played. With the lack of a fatherly figure and her headstrong personality, we want Katherine to be someone seeking a dominant figure in her life, without stripping her of her own freedom and
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