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Our Fall Production will be “Much Ado About Nothing,” Shakespeare’s comedy relocated to Massena, NY in 1958
Director: Francine Davis
Producer: CherylAnn Welch
It’s 1958. After a successful career in the music industry, Leonato, the founder of Aragon Records, has retired to Massena, the small town in upstate New York where he grew up. There, he lives with his daughter, Hero, and his niece, Beatrice.
Leonato’s protégé, Don Pedro, who now owns Aragon Records, has decided to pay a surprise visit to his friend and mentor. His companions on this road trip include Benedick, his friend and employee, and Claudio, Aragon’s newest recording sensation. Benedick is Aragon’s top A & R rep, and the man responsible for bringing Claudio to Aragon. Don Pedro’s brother, Don John, another Aragon employee, is also on the trip.
Don John has always resented his younger brother’s success. He recently attempted to set up a competing company without Don Pedro’s knowledge. Don John’s tactics included trying to poach a number of artists, including Claudio, from Aragon. He would likely have succeeded, but for Claudio’s loyalty and strong moral core. Don Pedro has forgiven Don John and even kept him on the payroll, but Don John now hates Claudio.
Like millions of other teenaged girls, Hero adores Claudio. She thinks he’s the most handsome man she’s ever seen and she loves his music. When the two meet, it’s love at first sight for both of them.
Meanwhile, Benedick and Beatrice, who engage in a merry war of wits whenever they meet, pick up where they left off the last time they saw each other. They’re a perfect match for each other, and everyone knows it except them, so their friends and family devise a plot to trick them into discovering they love each other.
Will the plot to bring Beatrice and Benedick together work?
Will Don John’s hatred destroy Claudio’s and Hero’s chance for happiness together?
Will Benedick kill Claudio?
Will two elderly men end up in a fistfight with two much younger men?
Will the kind, but inept, folks involved in law enforcement save the day?
It’s all Much Ado About Nothing.
|Don Pedro||Kevin Cunningham|
|Don John||Roland “Boot” Boutwell|
|Friar Francis||Julia Kennedy|
|Dogberry||Angela Kelly Flynn|
|Georgette Seacoal||Pooja Usgaonkar|
|Miss Oatcake||Renée Johnson Walsh|
Four performances will be held at:
Belmont Town Hall Auditorium Directions to Belmont Town Hall
455 Concord Avenue
|Friday||October 13, 2017||8pm to 10:30pm|
|Saturday||October 14||8pm to 10:30pm|
|Saturday||October 21||8pm to 10:30pm|
|Sunday||October 22||3pm to 5:30pm matinee|
Reservations & Tickets:
- Members: Each current BDC Member (whose dues are paid for the 2017/2018 Season) is entitled to TWO free tickets per production.
- $20 per person for General Admission.
There are 3 ways to make a reservation:
- Use our online ticket order form on Brown Paper Tickets: http://BDCMuchAdo.BrownPaperTickets.com
If you are a current BDC Member, you can reserve your free ticket to the show.
You can also order General Admission tickets using your credit card. A small service fee will be added to each ticket purchase.
- By mail: Go to the “Mail-in Ticket Order Form,” fill it out, print it, make your check payable to Belmont Dramatic Club, and mail the form and your check to L.P. Macdonald, 63 Alexander Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478.
- By email: Send your order information to us at info@BelmontDramaticClub.org, then mail your check to us at the address above or pay at the door with cash or check.
General admission tickets will also be sold at the door starting one hour prior to each performance.
Our Box Office in the lobby of the Town Hall can accept cash or checks, but cannot accept credit cards.
Be there early for the best seats!
For general inquiries, please call (617) 489-2529 or email info@BelmontDramaticClub.org.