The Music of Cole Porter Featured in WSCC Production


Cole Porter

The West Shore Community College Theater Department invites you to enjoy an evening of Cole, a review of the life of Cole Porter, the King of Musicals, told through the music he made famous. 

The narration, supported with images, tells the story of his life, from Yale to Paris, to Manhattan to Broadway, to Hollywood, and then back again to Broadway. 

A company of six vocalists include Riley Kruer, Lorrell Pepple, Marcelina Shriver, Sean Gilbert, Carlos Ortega, and JaiLynn Petrie are vocally coached by Sarah Bowman. The cast, which is backed by a musical ensemble directed by Phil DeYoung, includes JaiLynn Petrie, Tom Parks, Jeff Spaniola, Keith Kuczynski, Kyler Keck, and Mark Sluite. 

The narrators for the production include Kyler McQuesten and Paul Garland.

The production is directed by Director of Theater Michael Mikula. 

“For all you lovers of Cole Porter, this is a must see show,” says Mikula, and he goes on to say, “You will leave the show with a smile on your face, and humming the tunes on the way home.  This show focuses on the music of Porter, while telling his story.” 

Mikula also acts as designer, and has a production support team which includes Stage Manager Emily Hartrum and Marty Cupp as charge painter and scenic decorator.

Amanda Colleen is the resident lighting designer, Adam Knudsen, resident audio engineer, Mattt Crescenzi, resident assistant audio engineer, and Susan Barnard is the costume designer, with Sean Pollack acting as the projection engineer. 

The show dates are June 10, 11, & 18, at 7:30 p.m., and June 12 and 19, at 2 p m., and are being held at the Center Stage Theater, located in the Arts & Science Center. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance, from the box office, either by phone at 231-843-5507, or in person at the Book Store located in the Schoenherr Campus Center. Box office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tickets can also purchased online.

Tickets are available on the day of the show, in person at the theater box office, across from Center Stage Theater, one hour prior show time.

Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations