MAC Theatre Guild to Present “Much Ado About Nothing”
Widely considered as one of Shakespeare’s best romantic comedies, “Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed in time for Valentine’s Day by Mineral Area College’s Little Theatre Guild.
Performances are at 7 p.m. nightly, Feb. 13-15, in the Fine Arts Theatre at the Park Hills Campus. Tickets are available at the MAC Bookstore or at the door on the night of the performances, and are $7 general admission, or $3 for MAC students and senior citizens.
MAC Theatre Professor Chuck Gallaher said he chose the play, not only to give MAC theatre students more exposure to one of the legendary English bard’s masterpieces, but because the romantic themes are timeless, as well.
“There are still, 400 years later, men who get tongue-tied around the women they love, and there are still some couples who bring bickering to an art form,” Gallaher said. “In a sense, it’s amusing and yet reassuring that the more modern we think we are, the more we’re just acting out themes similar to those Shakespeare was penning four centuries ago.”
Little Theatre Guild’s cast list includes:
Leonato: Aaron Gamble, Potosi;
Messenger/Boy: Alexis Naeger, Ste. Genevieve;
Beatrice: Leslea Walter, Pacific;
Hero: Lydia Hardy, Farmington;
Don Pedro: Brian Kelley, Desloge;
Benedick: Josh Cashion, Farmington;
Claudio: Spencer Weedman, Park Hills;
Balthasaar: Brittany Rouse, Fredericktown;
Don John: Jonathan Turner, Fredericktown;
Conrade: Sandra Szendrey, Angeles City, Philippines;
Borrachio: Nathan Brown, Farmington;
Antonio: Regina Brown-Vaughn, Farmington;
Margaret: Amby Nielson, Farmington;
Ursula: Mia Gowen, Park Hills;
Dogberry: Andrew Hardy, Knox, IN;
Verges: Josh MacDonald, Beckemeyer, IL;
Seacole/2nd Watch: Sidney Wells, Leadwood;
1st Watch: Lucas Robinson, Desloge;
Friar: Douglas Anderson, Park Hills;
Sexton: Frank Miller, Desloge.
Auditions for Mineral Area College LTG’s next production, “Schoolhouse Rock: Live!,” will take place on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. in the MAC Fine Arts Theatre in Park Hills. There will be parts for eight men and five women. Some singing and dancing is required. For more information, call (573) 518-2181. “Schoolhouse Rock: Live!” performance dates are April 9-12