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UW-Eau Claire's 'Much Ado About Nothing'
to Open with Evening Performance May 3

RELEASED: April 30, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's University Theatre production of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in Kjer Theatre. Additional evening performances are scheduled for May 4 and 5 and May 9-12, with a matinee performance scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6. School matinees will be presented at 9:30 a.m. May 3, 4, 8, and 11. Cheryl Starr, professor of theatre arts, is the director.

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 Branagh, will come to life onstage at UW-Eau Claire and features trickery, disguises, misperceptions and a happy ending.

Junior Sarah Lanners, St. Paul Park, Minn., plays the role of Beatrice, and sophomore Ryan McDaniel, Oregon, is Benedict. Sophomore Sheena Thompson, River Falls, plays Beatrice's kinswoman, Hero, and junior Jared Andrea, Spooner, plays her love interest, Claudio. Don Pedro, the prince of Aragon, is played by senior Aaron Loy, Rosemont, Minn., and villain Don John is portrayed by senior Shane Chandler, Sugarland, Texas. Hero's father, Leonato, is played by senior Joshua Lang, Milwaukee, and sophomore Tyler Morris, Stillwater, Minn., plays Leonato's brother. The role of Ursula will be played by freshman Charlene Lucht, Greenville, and senior Nick Adams, Austin, Minn., appears as Antonio. Senior Becky Witt, Jefferson, plays Margaret, the maid that Hero is mistaken for, with disastrous consequences, and sophomore Graeme Lewis, Eau Claire, plays the role of Conrade. Freshman Matt Bartelt, Osseo, plays Borachio, and senior Andrew Christianson, La Crosse, is Friar Francis. Freshman Michael DuPont, Green Bay, is the hapless Dogberry; senior Carroll Rankin, Eau Claire, is Seacod, leader of the watch; sophomore Kaysee Schmidt, Balsam Lake, is the first watchman; and junior Katie Nichols, Pembine, is the second Watchman. Senior Meghan Hopper, Waukesha, and junior Mallory Rinehart, La Crosse, are friends of Beatrice; freshman Stephanie Doms, Chanhassen, Minn., is the sexton, and high school junior Tim Carter, Minneapolis, is the verger.

Set design is by Kevin Gawley, costume design by Heidi O'Hare; lighting design by Jim Pitrowski, and sound design is by Art Gulig.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public; $7 for those 62 and older; $6 for youth 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $5 for students with a university ID. All seats are reserved.

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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau

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