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Much Ado About Nothing

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon – Matthew Williamson
Don John, his bastard brother – *Jake Walker
Claudio, young lord of Florence – Zach Sudbury
Benedick, young lord of Padua – *Darren Kennedy
Leonato, Governer of Messina – *Mark Robbins
Antonio, brother of Leonato – *David Fritts
Balthasar, servant to Don Pedro – Roan Ricker
Borachio, follower of Don John – *Matt Rapport
Conrade, follower of Don John – Khalif Gillete
Dogberry, a constable – *Scott Cordes
Verges, a headborough – R.H. Wilhoit
Friar Francis – Jerry Mañan
A Sexton – Wyatt McCall
Messenger – Josh LaBrun
Hero, daughter of Leonato – Amy Billroth McClurg
Beatrice, niece of Leonato – *Cinnamon Schultz
Margaret, gentlewoman to Hero – Ellen Kirk
Ursula, gentlewoman to Hero – *Jan Rogge

THE WATCH –
1st watchman – Kris Stoker
2nd watchman = Seacoal – J. Will Fritz
3rd watchman = Hugh Oatcake – Josh Gleeson

Youth Attendants: Haddy Wilczewski and Will Morris

 

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Sidonie Garrett………………………Director
Gene Emerson Friedman…………..Scenic Designer
Mary Traylor………………………….Costume Designer
Ward Everhart………………………..Lighting Designer
Danielle Ferri…………………………Props Master
Greg Mackender……………………..Sound Designer/Composer
Jae Shanks…………………………..Co-Sound Designer
*Tracy Terstriep Herber……………..Movement/Choreographer
Ward Everhart………………………..Production Manager
*Jinni Pike…………………………….Production Stage Manager

*Afton Earp……………………………Assistant Stage Manager

 

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Pre-show activities

           6:00 PM: Gates Open

           6:30 PM: Parody presented by Team Shakespeare

           7:00 PM: Show Talk

           7:15 PM: Parody presented by Team Shakespeare

           8:00 PM: Much Ado About Nothing

Set in Messina, the play begins as Don Pedro’s army of Aragon, returns after a victory. Benedick, a gentleman soldier, resumes a verbal duel with Beatrice, the niece of Messina’s governor, Leonato. Count Claudio is smitten with Leonato’s daughter, Hero. After Don Pedro woos her in disguise for Claudio, the two young lovers plan to marry in a week. To fill in the time until the wedding, Don Pedro and the others set about tricking Benedick and Beatrice into admitting their love for each other. Meanwhile, Don Pedro’s disgruntled bastard brother, Don John, plots to ruin Hero with his friends, Borachio and Conrade, and halt her wedding. Claudio believes Don John’s deception, is convinced Hero has a lover, and, at the wedding, brutally rejects her.

With Hero in hiding and falsely reported dead, Beatrice persuades Benedick to fight Claudio. Tragedy is averted when the bumbling city Watchmen, having discovered Don John’s treachery, arrive with their leader, country constable Dogberry and headborough, Verges and clear Hero’s name. With Claudio forgiven, both couples are ready to get married.