What has come down to us from 1976, as far as Kiss Me Kate is concerned, amounts to an amateur production in England and six high school productions in the US, three of which can’t be dated any more precisely than the 1975-76 school year. The first of the honorable exceptions is the one at St Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, which ran for six performances between January 24 and February 7. Sadly the photographer only managed to snap the bottom half of Ronnie Komar’s Lilli, though at least Rich Roller’s Fred is just about in the frame:
There was better work at the April 2-3 production at Alliance High School, Ohio, in which John Dawson spanked Ellen Slimack:
A month later, and on another continent, May 3-8 saw Joan Vaughan being spanked by Peter Carpenter in the Rushden Amateur Operatic Society production in Northamptonshire, England. The cover of the program may have told Joan what to expect…
The three dateless school productions follow in alphabetical order, beginning with Borger High School, Texas:
The production at George Washington High School, Philadelphia, starred Charles Koch as Fred, and he had two different Lillis to spank, Linda Leidy in the first performance and Dorothea Haug in the other two. There’s no record which of them appears in the photograph:
And no chance of identifying her by facial recognition either!
Here’s another hidden-faced Lilli in a rehearsal shot from St John’s College High School, Washington, DC:
Moving into another school year, we travel to Bloomfield, Iowa, where the musical was staged November 18 and 19 at Davis County High School. Here are Paul Gentry and Margaret Clover in rehearsal:
And with that we move on to another year!