Whitefish Bay HS will complete their 2009-2010 theatre season with Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 PM in the Whitefish Bay HS Auditorium. This show has a collaborative quality with guest director, Mr. Tom Bruno, in collaboration with Cardinal Stritch Theatre faculty and students, encouraging a near-professional level of performance from BAY students. As this is the final show of the year, it will also be the final show for our seniors, many who plan to go on in Theatre at the next level. If you have enjoyed WFBHS Theatre in the past, you must see this final production of the year.
THE STORY: Leonato, a kindly and respectable nobleman, lives in the idyllic Italian town of Messina. Leonato shares his house with his lovely young daughter, Hero, his playful, clever niece, Beatrice, and his elderly brother, Antonio. As the play begins, Leonato prepares to welcome some friends home from a war. The friends include Don Pedro, a prince who is a close friend of Leonato, and two fellow soldiers: Claudio, a well-respected young nobleman, and Benedick, a clever man who constantly makes witty jokes, often at the expense of his friends. Don John, Don Pedro’s illegitimate brother, is part of the crowd as well. Don John, bitterly upset, makes trouble for the others.
This may be the most grounded of Shakespeare’s comedies: There are no fairies and goddesses, no teenage lovers wandering off into the woods — just a pair of sweethearts who have been hurt too many times, and another pair for whom heartbreak is new. Beatrice and Benedick are said to be engaged in “a kind of merry war,” but the start of this production shows them none too merry. These are two people who really believe they detest each other, and it takes all the manipulations of the entire Sicilian town of Messina to set the lovers straight.
The House of Leonato
LEONATO, Governor of Messina Jerry Kurek
ANTONIO, his brother J.T. Backes
HERO, Leonatoÿs daughter Elsa Bruno
BEATRICE, Leonatoÿs niece Alex Rogers
MARGARET, Lady-in-waiting to Hero Catherine Gabel
URSULA, Lady-in-waiting to Hero Michelle Desien
The Resistance Fighters
DON PEDRO, Prince of Aragon Alex Gibson
CLAUDIO, a young lord of Florence Tim Murray
BENEDICK, a young lord of Padua Andrew Groble
DON JOHN, Don Pedros bastard brother Marc Hunter
BORACHIO, his follower Thaddeus Bruno
CONRADE, his follower Braden Bjella
Citizens of Messina
DOGBERRY, Head constable Eric Schwartz
VERGES, hi assitant Kelsey Pfeifer
FIRST WATCH Savannah Armstrong
SECOND WATCH Rolands Lauzums
THIRD WATCH Matt Klein
SEXTON Katie Bentley
FRIAR Bobby Misey
Soldiers, Domestics, Townspeople
Swapnil Bhalerao Allie Chmiel
Ron Carey Elizabeth Foran
Reid Masimore Costanza Generali
Sam Ouimet Meredith Head
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