By William Shakespeare
Directed by Cheryl Starr
May 3-5 & 9-12, 7:30 p.m.
May 6, 1:30 p.m.
May 3, 4, 8 & 11, 9:30 a.m.
Written by Shakespeare around 1598, this comedy revolves around the characters of Beatrice and Benedict, two intelligent, articulate and funny characters who are as quick to attack each other with words as they are to fall in love with each other. This play, made popular by the film starring Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branaugh, will come to life onstage at UW-Eau Claire in May. Filled with trickery, disguises, misperceptions and a happy ending, Much Ado About Nothing is a perfect way to spend a night at the theatre.
"Much Ado About Nothing" Cast
Leonato, Governor of Messina - Josh Lang
Hero, his daughter - Sheena Thompson
Beatrice, his niece - Sarah Lanners
Leonato's Brother - Tyler Morris
Margaret - Becky Witt
Ursula - Charlene Lucht
Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon - Aaron Matthew Loy
Count Claudio - Jared Andrea
Signior Benedick - Ryan McDaniel
Signior Antonio - Nick Adams
Don John, Don Pedro's Brother - Shane Chandler
Borachio - Matt Bartlett
Conrade - Graeme Lewis
Dogberry, Master Constable - Michael Dupont
Verges, Dogberry's Partner - Tim Carter
George Seacoll, Leader of the Watch - Carroll Rankin
First Watch - Kaysee Schmidt
Second Watch - Katie Nichols
The Sexton - Stephanie Doms
Friar Frances - Andrew D. Christianson
Cecelia, Friend of Beatrice and Hero - Meghan Hopper
Mary Ann, Friend of Beatrice and Hero - Mallory Rinehart
Messenger/Balthasar - Sam Patchet