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Theater Auditions – 'Much Ado About Nothing'
FINAL EVENING OF AUDITIONS for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING will take place in the Bruce Davis Theater (BDT) tonight, Wednesday, September 10, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Callbacks are currently scheduled for Thursday, September 11, 6:00-8:30 p.m., in the BDT. For your audition, please prepare a 1-2 minute comic monologue of your choice; a prepared (memorized) piece is preferable to a cold reading. Copies of the play are on reserve at the circulation desk of the College library, if you're interested in reading the play before auditioning. Just ask for the "Theater Production" binder. Please direct any questions about audition procedures or the production to the director, Michael Ellis-Tolaydo, at email@example.com. Performance dates are November 6-9 & 13-16.
ABOUT THE PLAY: It's Shakespeare at his rom-com best! MUCH ADO is a play about love, betrayal, and one-upness. It's got witty dialogue, fireworks between lovers young and older (the obstinate ones, who've sworn never to marry . . . each other), bumbling villains, and sadly incompetent law officers. It's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and a lot to do about us.
Let's set the scene – Leonato, the Governor of Messina, welcomes Don Pedro and some of his soldiers to Messina. Among Don Pedro's party are Don John (his nefarious brother), the young Count Claudio, and a gentleman-soldier, Benedick. Claudio falls (head-over-heels) in love with Hero, Leonato's daughter; and with help from Don Pedro, he tries to win her hand. Benedick, on the other hand, is a sworn bachelor and tangles with the equally independent Beatrice. But by means of "nothing" (which sounds the same as "noting," and which is gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked by Don John into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief, propagated by Don John, that she has been unfaithful. Hero faints and dies . . . or does she? Will these two couples get together? How will the bungling Dogberry and his Watch prove Hero's innocence? At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.