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2016-17 theatre season opens with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance 2016-17 Mainstage season will present a year of entertainment ranging from classic to contemporary.

Much Ado about Nothing will be presented Sept. 22-27The season begins this month with the romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, directed by Dr. David Young.

Shakespeare’s most popular comedy has it all: bumbling cops, conniving bad guys, young lovers and loud-mouthed cynics who secretly long for love.

“It’s Shakespeare’s most popular and accessible play,” Dr. Young said. “It sets the mold for today’s romantic comedy. There’s nothing more fun than a sharp-tongued, bickering couple that everyone knows are secretly in love. Getting them to admit it is the tricky part.”

Who doesn’t love matchmaking!? (Hint: the villain.) Gossip, intrigue and love are in the air in Much Ado About Nothing.

Much Ado About Nothing will be presented Sept. 22-27 in the Russell Miller Theatre at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center; all show times are 8 p.m. except for a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at wku.showare.com or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at (270) 745-3121; box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Season ticket packages also are available; visit wku.showare.com for details.)

WKU students (from left) Alexander Reeves, Ethan Corder, Ellie Archer and Travis Ryan rehearse for the production of "Much Ado about Nothing."

WKU students (from left) Alexander Reeves, Ethan Corder, Ellie Archer and Travis Ryan rehearse for the production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Cast members include Camille Acosta, a senior from El Paso, Texas; Ellie Archer, a senior from Louisville; Brandyn Atherton, a junior from Owensboro; Paige Brouillette, a junior from Franklin, Tennessee; Colby Clark, a sophomore from Bowling Green; Ethan Corder, a senior from Charlestown, Indiana; Alexa Denson, a senior from Greenbrier, Tennessee; Darian Doom-Devoto, a junior from Louisville; Shalyn Grow, a senior from Jasper, Indiana; Brett Hunt, a senior from Belton; Jada Jefferson, a sophomore from Louisville; Conner Keef, a sophomore from Maysville; Ian LaBarge, a junior from Paducah; Kayleigh LaGrutta, a junior from Livermore, California; Emily Lawrence, a junior from Versailles; Savannah Mohr, a sophomore from Russellville; Heather Moore, a senior from Louisville; Baylee Morton, a sophomore from Nashville, Tennessee; Deanna Oglesby, a junior from Greenville; Gabriel Pless, a junior from Brentwood, Tennessee; Hugh Poland, a junior from Clarksville, Tennessee; Alexander Reeves, a junior from Louisville; Travis Ryan, a sophomore from Louisville; Aaron Schilling, a junior from Crescent Springs; Elijah Smith, a sophomore from Fancy Farm; Nick Struck, a sophomore from Louisville; Allie Thomas, a junior from Clinton; Tsz Ching Tong, a senior from Hong Kong; and Phoebe Zimmerer, a sophomore from Dexter.

Students on the production staff include Stage Manager Emmy Kate Bickford, a junior from Nashville, Tennessee; Lighting Designer Colin Evans, a senior from Louisville; Assistant Director Olivia Jacobs, a senior from Berea; Assistant Director Dr. Bruce Schulte, head of the WKU Biology Department; Properties Master Luke Smith, a senior from Louisville; and Production Stage Manager Alex Tyler, a junior from Louisville.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560

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