Christian University in Oregon Presents Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

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George Fox University hosts eight performances over two successive weeks in April

George Fox's Christian college theatre department will present Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" this April.

George Fox's Christian college theatre department will present Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" this April.

George Fox University will bring a Shakespearean classic to the stage with April performances of “The Taming of the Shrew” in Wood-Mar Auditorium on the university’s Newberg Ore., campus.

Performances are scheduled daily April 7-10 and April 14-17, with all beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, April 10 and Sunday, April 17 showings, scheduled as 2 p.m. matinees. Tickets – $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and George Fox alumni, and $6 for students and children under 12 – can be purchased in person at the Bruin Bookstore, online at, or through the university box office by calling 503-554-3844.

Shakespeare’s comedy tells the story of a wealthy merchant named Baptista, father to daughters named Bianca and Katerina. Bianca wants to get married, but according to custom, she can’t until her older sister has wed. Katerina, however, has no desire to get married. Her sharp wit, biting tongue, and fiery disposition successfully scare any suitors away. But when free-spirited and rebellious Petruchio shows up on the scene, Katerina finds her match and an extraordinary courtship begins.

“‘The Taming of the Shrew’ is one of Shakespeare’s funniest comedies,” said Director Michael O’Neill. “The title role of this play, Katherine Minola, I believe has been a misunderstood character. In this production, I hope to give a new, fresh look at ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and leave the audience possibly understanding, or even supporting, the protagonist’s decision to wed, instead of being annoyed by her.”

The role of Katerina is played by Tiffany Gilly, a junior from Forest Grove, Ore. Tim Fodge, a junior from Newberg, Ore., plays the role of Petruchio. The role of Tranio is played by Heidi Quiel, a sophomore from Medford, Ore. Jay Eyestone, a freshman from Winlock, Wash., plays the role of Lucentio. Hannah Adderley, a junior from Beaverton, Ore., plays the role of Bianca.

The performance features theatre (theater) major students as well as students from other majors.

The George Fox University theatre department has been recognized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. with awards for individual acting, set design, and overall production.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Debbie Hawblitzel
Department of Performing Arts

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