Shakespeare Marathon – Abbey Players at Belmont College

Abbey Players at Belmont College presents Much Ado About Nothing on Monday, April 25, 2016 at noon, in NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC.

DIRECTOR : Simon Donoghue
Beatrice Millie – Hopkins English
Benedict – Warren English
Claudio – Joshua Brand
Hero – Emma Piazza
Don Pedro – Jim Chandler
Leonato – Troy Feay
Don John – Sharon Bolger
Margaret – Kimm Santa
Borachio – A.J. Ohlhaut
Conrade – Lilianna Romie
Dogberry – Carver Johns
Verges – Cameron Jones
Antonio – Simon Donoghue
Balthasar – Andrew Schatteman
Ursula – Angelyn von Rueden

ABOUT THE PLAY : The primary plot of Much Ado About Nothing turns on the courtship and scandal involving young Hero and her suitor, Claudio, but the witty war of words between Claudio’s friend Benedick and Hero’s cousin Beatrice often takes center stage.

Set in Messina, the play begins as Don Pedro’s army 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 falling in love with each other. Meanwhile, Don Pedro’s disgruntled brother, Don John, plots to ruin Hero 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 watch, having discovered Don John’s treachery, arrives and clears Hero’s name. With Claudio forgiven, both couples are ready to get married.

Folger Shakespeare Library. “Much Ado About Nothing.” Folger Shakespeare Library. n.d. Web. April 1, 2016.