Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most imaginative and exuberant comedies, contrasting two pairs of lovers in a witty and suspenseful battle of the sexes. Love is in the air when Don Pedro’s army, drunk with victory from the war, descends upon Leonato’s country estate in Messina. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero. Meanwhile, Benedick and Leonato’s lively niece Beatrice hide their mutual attraction behind a volley of witty insults.
The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage. In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. But their world is shattered when the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade and Borachio, plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins. Claudio, influenced by a scheming malcontent, levels a shocking accusation at Hero. A linguistically challenged guard and his sidekicks uncover the plot, casting a beam of hopefulness in this tempestuous landscape of love.
Directed by Joe Fuselli
Auditions: January 16 – 17, 2017
Benedick: Mike Green, Beatrice: Whitney Upton, Don Pedro: Mark Wyatt Claudio: Ryan Peacock, Hero: Amanda McAdams, Leonato: Don Bloom, Antonia: E.A. Keeble, Margaret: Kim McKenzie, Ursula: Susan Vinson, Don John: Cory Olson, Balthazar: Blake Robertson, Borachio: Kirk Corley, Conrade: Terri Jackson, Dogberry: Bill Watts, Verges: Lisa Burnett, Messenger: Raymond Peyton, Friar: Melissa Hales, The Sexton: Brett Martin, The Watch: Sierra Patrick, Samantha Young, Savannah Teague