Much Ado About Nothing at Westover Nov. 2 & 3

Westover students will present "Much Ado About Nothing" Nov. 2 and 3 starting at 7 pm in the Louise B. Dillingham Performing Arts Center theatre.

Members of the cast of the fall theatre production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing include (from left): Cammie Hussey, Avery Pendleton, Mikayla Labissiere, Emily Benoit, Wava Chan, and Joyce Yang.

Much Ado About Nothing at Westover November 2 & 3 at 7 pm

Westover students will present a production of Much Ado About Nothing on November 2 and 3 starting at 7 pm in the School's Louise B. Dillingham Performing Arts Center theatre. There is no charge for admission, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies, with the battle of wits between the two main characters, Beatrice and Benedick, as the central action of the play. Benedick announces very publicly that he will always remain a confirmed bachelor, but his friends have other ideas in mind, and soon both Benedick and Beatrice are made to think that they have each secretly professed a great love for the other. Next in the mix is the subplot of a subterfuge between the romantic Claudio and the denounced Hero, and the comedy turns to more serious matters: jealousy, judgment, and deceit, but true love wins in the end with a joyous and loving reconciliation. The play's focus on the integrity of women's voices has particular resonance for today's audiences, and this warm and exuberant production will surely please both young and old.

Marla Truini, Director of the Theatre Program, is directing the production, bringing Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy to life with a talented cast of actors and technical crew.

The cast includes Madeline Abate '20 as Dogberry; Emily Benoit '20 as Don Pedro; Barbara Carpenter '19 as Hero; Aoife Carroll-Gavula '22 as Margaret; Wava Chan '21 as Borachio; Meredith Diamond '19 as Beatrice; Cammiel Hussey '20 as Don John; JaMara Jean '22 as Balthasar; Mikayla Labissiere '20 as Claudio; Monica Lau '21 as Watchman; Artemis Li '20 as Leonato; Raynie Murphy '21 as Verges; Avery Pendleton '20 as Benedick; Rebecca Rao '22 as Seacoal; Fairouz Swais '21 as Antonio; Caroline Wan '22 as Watchman; Beldine Atieno Wasonga '22 as Ursula; Katy Wolff '21 as Boy; and Joyce Yang '21 as Conrade.

The technical crew, under the technical direction of Ian Diedrich, includes Lire Bolden '19 (sound), Natalie Brown '21, Angela Choi '21, Reeya Desai '22, Sarah Gordon '19, Emilie Hart '19, Serena Hogan '19, Vivian Li '21, Izzy Poskas '21, Dylan Norris '19 (lighting); Stephanie Small '22, Salma Talukdar '22, and My Van '20 as the Stage Manager. Costumes were designed by Monica Lau '21, Maya Nuzka '21, Caroline Wan '22, and Sophia Wang '22.

Faculty members in the cast include Carolyn Brunelle, Christopher Sweeney, Tom Juvan, and Zachary Lytle. Costume and prop supervisors are Penny Covill and Shammy Raj.

Parking and entrance to the Performing Arts Center are on South Street. Please follow the signs for parking. Reservations may be made by calling 203.577.4535