Directed by Richard Israel, Kiss Me, Kate will have choreography by John Todd and musical direction by Darryl Archibald. Performances will continue through Oct. 27.
Songs in the classic musical include "Wunderbar," "So In Love," "Why Can't You Behave," "Too Darn Hot" and "From This Moment On." Kiss Me, Kate has music and lyrics by Porter and a book by Sam and Bella Spewack.
Gaines (The Phantom of the Opera) will star as Fred Graham/Petruchio opposite Strong as Lilli/Kate. Principal cast also includes Scott Reardon as Bill Calhoun and Lucentio; Reba Buhr as Lois Lane/Bianca; Steven Perren as General Harrison Howell; and Ronald Rezac as Harry Trevor/Baptista Minola.
The cast is completed by Orlando Agawin, Francesca Barletta, John Paul Batista, Michael Byrne, Danielle Campbell, Allen Darby, Martin Feldman, Jay Gamboa, Lexi Greene, Steve Greene, Abigail Herman, Natalie Rose Iscovich, Raquel Nicole Jete, Kurt Kemper, Anna Lamonica, Tellina Lee, Derek A. Lewis, Tom G. McMahon, Timothy Reese, Shelley Regner, Tracy Ray Reynolds, Harry Schantz, Joey Sponseller, Megan Stonger and Lamont Whitaker.
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks, or through any Ticketmaster location or by phone at (800) 745-3000.