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Much Ado About Nothing Premieres July 15
Iconic comedy the centerpiece of Madison Shakespeare Company's 10th anniversary season
Set in the hot, dusty Southwest at the ranch and home base of the Messina Steer Company, Much Ado About Nothing starts out as a dual love story. On one track are the dashing Claudio (Henry Zavos), a young soldier heading home after a successful military campaign and the sweet Hero (Corinne Kaleta), MSC heiress and novice at the game of love. On the other track are the more experienced and cynical Beatrice and Benedick: the former (Laura Kochanowski)
When the treasonous Donna Gianna (Deanna Martinez) decides to meddle, the planned marriage between Claudio and Hero goes disastrously wrong. Beatrice and Benedick are forced to set aside their usual barbs and work together. Against this backdrop, an unlikely and extremely motley crew of law enforcement officers work to crack the case and expose Donna Gianna's fraud.
The production is helmed by Amber De Petro, her first foray as director for Madison Shakespeare. Other cast members include MSC veterans Ben Seidensticker (Don Pedro), Madeleine O'Keefe (Conrade), Jackson Rosenberry (Borachio), Ned O'Reilly (Dogberry), and Mikayla Mrochek (Verges). Tickets for the outdoor performance are available now at https://www.eventbrite.com/
Madison Shakespeare Company has produced engaging and accessible classic theater in south-central Wisconsin since 2012. Much Ado About Nothing is the company's fifth full-length Shakespeare comedy and the second full-length production at Madison Country Day School.