Presenting The Cast Of Much Ado About Nothing, Our Winter Show!

We are thrilled to announce the cast of our second show this year, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. We are placing this hilarious romantic comedy, directed by John Fitzgerald, just after World War I in England. The play will be presented in the auditorium on February 21, 22, 23, 28 and March 1 and 2 at 7 pm. Tickets are on sale now!

Cast

Don Pedro, The Prince – Noah Hansen
Leonato – Joseph Wilde
Antonia – Abi Edwards
Don John – Garrett Dixon
Conrade – Tenley Lubisich
Borachio – Cormac Lister
Benedick – Nate Rasmussen
Claudio – Casey Young
Balthasar – Kaiya Shivers
Dogberry – Kameron Koslowski
Verges – Cian Lister
Hugh Oatcake – Jeremy Katz
George Seacoal – Ethan Sarin
Sexton – Peyton Butler
Friar – Chance Kirk
Hero – Samantha Katz
Beatrice – Averyl Hartje
Margaret – Natalie Debra
Ursula – Mikaela Ochocki
Don Pedro’s messenger – Jeven Lundberg
Ensemble (messengers, dancers, watchmen, wedding guests) – Logan Demarais, Lizzie Hall, Jessica Hansen, Chandler Hartenberger, Siona Olson

Tech Crew

Stage Manager – Mackenzie Bodyfelt
Light Board Operator – Sam Duran
Sound Board Operator – Vy Frolov
Sound Board Assistant – Anna Stanley
Backstage Managers – Meghan Barry & Briauna Haskins
Stagehand – Jillian Dauth
Stagehand – Kaitlyn Graves
Stagehand – Andrew Murphy
Costume/Hair/Makeup Manager – Ellie Counts
Costume/Hair/Makeup Assistant – Katie Glavey
Costume/Hair/Makeup Assistant – Gabriella Guertin
Costume/Hair/Makeup Assistant – Esmé Krause
Costume/Hair/Makeup Assistant – Nicola Krause
Costume/Hair/Makeup Assistant – Rhiannon Torango
House Manager – Sarina Kaufman
Front of House Tech – John Cramer
Front of House Tech – Maddie Diehl
Front of House Tech – Hayley Jablonowski
Front of House Tech – Ainsley Mayes
Front of House Tech – Cami Saunders
Front of House Tech – Marisa Stucki
 

Production Team

Director – John Fitzgerald
Student Director – Katie Walter
Production Coordinator – Jason Katz
Set Design & Construction – Kevin Cameron
Set Design & Construction – Mark Sahli
Scenic Artist – Julie Hansen
Lighting Designer – Kacy Hughson
Music Director & Accompanist- Cami Saunders
Choreographers – Samanatha Katz & Mikaela Ochocki
Costume Designer – Peyton Butler & Heather Nunn
Costume Assistant – Kelly McMichael
Sponsorship, Publicity & Webmaster – Christina Katz
Ticket Sales – Allison Kaufman
Program Design – Christy Rasmussen
Concessions – Jennifer Young
Photographer – Jake Young
Poster & T-Shirt Design – Michelle Stevens
 
Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a sublime battle of wits and wills. Beatrice and Benedick would rather exchange scorching insults than sweet nothings. However, the pugnacious pair is forced to forge a partnership in order to defend house and honor, and attempt to salvage the true love of Hero and Claudio after deceptions destroy the lovers’ wedding day. Will the earnest endeavor to restore a young romance elicit an unexpected change of heart for the effort’s unlikely collaborators as well? Come see the play to find out!

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers.” Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his lifetime, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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