Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Adam Czaplewski
Much Ado About Nothing is a comic romance between Hero and Claudio: Claudio loves Hero and Hero loves Claudio. It seems nothing can tear them apart. Beatrice (Hero's cousin) and Benedick both love and despise each other. It seems nothing can bring their love together.
The show centers around themes of romance, jealousy and deceit, and is one of Shakespeare's better-known comedies.
Nasty gossip gets between Hero and Claudio, and Beatrice and Benedick discover their friends' lies may contain truth, as they all say these two are actually in love.
Meanwhile, Dogberry (a comically bumbling police chief) and his deputy can't seem to do anything right.
Featured Songs: "Let’s Go Crazy" by Prince, "Let’s Dance" by David Bowie, "Bad" by Michael Jackson, "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell, and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
A message from the Director: Much Ado has all the makings of a classic 1980s romantic comedy, and music and dance already feature heavily in the script. It wasn’t hard to adapt to fit an 80s setting. The themes of romance, jealousy, and deceit are all universal and timeless. I want to create a ridiculously fun and entertaining production that anyone can come and enjoy no matter your prior experience with the bard may be.
Proceeds benefit Concordia University Wisconsin Theatre programs.
West Bend Theatre Company is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization that donates 50% of the proceeds from every show to a local non-profit organization.
Produced by West Bend Theatre Co at Jansen Family Park, 3745 Shuster Drive, West Bend, WI 53090
Performances: August 23-26, 2018
August 23-26, 2018
Ticket Prices: TBA
Call 262-305-9613 or visit www.wbtheatreco.com for reservations or more information.
Auditions will be held on the following days:
There are parts for 12 men and 4 women. Women’s roles range in age from teens to 30s. Men’s roles range in age from teens to 50s. Women could also be cast as men, so don’t let the male dominant cast discourage you from auditioning, ladies!
Audition Dates & Location:
May 8th & 9th
West Bend Masonic Center
301 N University Dr,
West Bend, WI 53095
Sign up for Audition times on our website, or on Facebook, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please prepare a one-minute classical, comedic monologue.
Callbacks: Wednesday, May 9th, at the West Bend Masonic Lodge from 6:00-9:00 PM and will include readings from the script, choreography, and a small singing portion for certain roles. Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time and complete the Google sign up form prior to arrival.
• Benedick (Male, [singing], comic, dramatic; 20s-30s) – A friend of Don Pedro and Claudio, Benedick is very witty, always making jokes and puns. Having former relations with Beatrice, he failed to commit, creating her emotional defense; he is loyal and wants to believe that she still loves him.
• Claudio (Male, comic, dramatic; 20s) - A young friend of Don Pedro, Claudio loves Hero. He seems immature and gullible, and will not accept a 'tarnished' bride.
• Don Pedro (Male, comic, dramatic; 30s-50s; [no dancing]) - A longtime friend of Leonato, Hero’s father, and is also close to Benedick and Claudio. Don Pedro is loving, intelligent, and controlling, but becomes a victim of circumstance.
• Leonato (Male, comic, dramatic; 40s-50s; [no dancing]) – Club owner and host to Don Pedro and entourage, Leonato is a central character to the plot. A respected man, he is father of Hero and uncle and guardian to Beatrice.
• Don John (Male, dramatic; 20s-30s) - The illegitimate brother of Don Pedro. Don John is melancholy and sullen by nature, and he creates a dark scheme to ruin the happiness of Hero and Claudio, motivated by his envy of his brother’s family position and wealth.
• Borachio (Male, dramatic; 20s-30s) - An associate of Don John. Borachio is the lover of Margaret. He conspires with Don John to deceive Claudio and Don Pedro into thinking that Hero is unfaithful to Claudio. His name means “drunkard” in Italian, but he really is mischievous and selfish. He later realizes that his tricks went too far.
• Conrade (Male,20s-30s) - One of Don John’s more intimate associates, entirely devoted to Don John.
• Dogberry (Male, comic; 20s-40s; [no dancing])- The chief of police is sincere and takes his job seriously, he has a habit of using exactly the wrong word to convey his meaning. His pride and his wit suggest that some of his actions and expressions may be intentionally ambiguous and provocative.
• Verges (Male, comic; 20s-40s; [no dancing])- The deputy to Dogberry.
• Antonio - Leonato’s elderly brother and Hero's uncle. He is Beatrice’s father.
• Balthasar (Male, [singing], teens-20s) - A friend to Leonato and a singer.
• Friar Francis (Male,50s-60s, [no dancing]) - man of the cloth; loving, kind, wise
• First Watchman (Male, teens-20s) - officer under Dogberry and Verges
• Second Watchman (Male, teens-20s) - officer under Dogberry and Verges
• Beatrice (Female, comic, dramatic; 20s-30s) - Leonato’s niece and Hero’s cousin and protector. Beatrice is pleasant and outspoken. She is generous and loving, but as part of her defense system is also witty and sarcastic.
• Hero (Female, comic, 20s)- The pretty daughter of Leonato is intended to Claudio and the cousin of Beatrice. Hero is lovely, gentle, and kind. Obedient, and naive, she becomes the unwitting victim of Don John's plot to cause mischief for Don Pedro and Claudio
• Margaret (Female, comic; 20s-30s)- Hero’s friend, who unwittingly helps her lover, Borachio and Don John deceive Claudio into thinking that Hero is unfaithful.
• Ursula (Female, comic; 20s-30s)- One of Hero’s friends.
• Dance Ensemble
West Bend Theatre Company is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization that donates 50% of the proceeds from every show to a local non-profit organization. Proceeds from Much Ado About Nothing benefit the Concordia University Theatre Program.