Student Productions presents "Much Ado About Nothing"

During the summer, Student Productions was hard at work realizing a production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The play was directed, produced and starred Hopkins students. The performances were held the first week of school, one of which was outdoors in the Thompson Amphitheater. Weather had other plans for the first performance, which was moved into Lovell Hall. Congratulations to all the students involved, it was a magical production!

Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare

The Cast

Of Messina
Leonato, governor of Messina ………Gracie Theobald-Williams ‘20
Beatrice, niece of Leonato ………... Elizabeth Roy ‘20
Hero, daughter of Leonato …………. Lexi Zyskowski ‘20
Margaret, Hero’s gentlewoman / Sexton …... Margaret Toft ‘21
Dogberry , constable of Messina …………… Leul Abate ‘19
Verges, Dogberry’s partner / Friar ……....Sophie Cassarino ‘20

Of Aragon
Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon …………… Leah Miller ‘20
Benedick, companion of Don Pedro …….. Griffin Congdon ‘20
Claudio, companion of Don Pedro ……… Katie Broun ‘19
Don John, brother of Don Pedro ……………Sam Jenkins ‘19
Conrad, follower of Don John / Messenger …….. Elliot Calderone ‘22
Borachio, follower of Don John …… Joey Rebeschi ‘21

Production Staff
Director……………Graley Turner ‘20
Stage Manager……………Erin Ellbogen ‘19
Costumer…………… Carly Slager ‘21
Technical Director …………… Corinne Evans ‘20
Producer ……… Elizabeth Roy ‘20
Choreographer …………… Katie Broun ‘19
Musician …………… Erin Ellbogen ‘19¨ Graley Turner ‘20
Poster Design …………… Cici Liu ‘20

Messina, Sicily 1600
Leonato, the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato's daughter Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice, the governor's niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage. In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro – with the help of Leonato, Claudio, and Hero – attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John and his allies plot against Claudio and Hero, using their own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before the wedding.

Special Thanks To:
Michael Calderone and Hope Hartup, Executive Producers
Robert Smith and Erika Schroth
Kai Bynum, Head of School
John Roberts, Asst. Head of School
Jemma Williams
The Turner Family
Hopkins School Maintenance Crew

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