Cloud Co. Comm. College Theatre Department Presenting ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

Cloud County Community College’s theatre department will present William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” May 2-5 at the Brown Grand Theatre in downtown Concordia. The May 2-4 performances will begin at 7 p.m., with the May 5 performance a 3 p.m. matinee.

In “The Taming of the Shrew,” the “shrew” is Katherina, the eldest daughter of Baptista, a lord in Padua. Numerous men, including Gremio and Tranio, deem Katherina an unworthy option for marriage because of her assertiveness and willfulness. On the other hand, men such as Hortensio and Gremio are eager to marry her younger sister Bianca. Baptista has sworn Bianca is not allowed to marry until Katherina is wed, which motivates Bianca’s suitors to work together to find Katherina a husband. The plot thickens when Lucentio falls in love with Bianca.

The cast includes Rachael Wood, Washington, as Katherina; Zachary Wohlbrandt, Scandia, as Petruchio; Keegan Grogan, Concordia, as Grumio; Brenton Phillips, Concordia, as Baptista; Ryah Klima, Concordia, as Bianca; Taylor Holte, Mayetta, as Lucentio; Grace Beikman, Linn, as Tranio; Mikki Nelson, Jamestown, as Biondello; Dylan Bray, Concordia, as Hortensio/Curtis; Sam Sacco, Concordia, as Gremio; Dexter Buss, Concordia, as Pedant; David Shirkey, Concordia, as Vincentio; and Kim DeRousse, Jamestown, as the Widow.

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“The Taming of the Shrew” is directed by Cloud County theatre instructor Violette Kjeldgaard.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, Cloud faculty and staff, seniors, and military. They will be available at the door beginning at 6:15 p.m. Ticket sales for the Sunday performance will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Contact Kjeldgaard at or 785.243.1435, ext. 236, with questions or for more information.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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