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Romance, Comedy Highlight Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

“’Much Ado’ is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays because it is easy for the audience to understand, and it is one where students who are learning their craft can excel.” — Scott Mackenzie

The classic Shakespearean tale “Much Ado About Nothing” entails romance, a battling of wits, villainy, misunderstandings and new understandings.

Alma College Theatre will perform its rendition at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday April 14. Performances will be in the Remick Heritage Center, Strosacker Theatre.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

“As part of a complete education, we want to expose our students to as many types of theatre as we can,” says Scott Mackenzie, theatre and dance department chair. “’Much Ado’ is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays because it is easy for the audience to understand, and it is one where students who are learning their craft can excel.

“We are having fun trying to find the humor and add bits of slapstick where appropriate,” says Mackenzie. “The audience should appreciate the humor and romance of this play. I am a sucker for a good rom-com, and some say that this is the story that started the genre. I hope everyone will take the opportunity to see the production.”

Leading actress Rachel Blome says “Much Ado” has been one of her favorite Alma College productions.

“It has been so much fun discovering who my character is,” says Blome. “Understanding the Shakespearean dialogue and finding ways to present it to a modern audience has been the hardest part.”

Student actors include:

  • Merek Alam, Davison junior
  • Daniel Barr, Troy first-year student
  • Clara Beck, Bath first-year student
  • Jacob Bendele, St. Johns junior
  • Rachel Blome, Indian River junior
  • Jarrett Buikema, Rochester Hills sophomore
  • Dan Chalice, Fennville sophomore
  • Carly Christie, Bay City sophomore
  • Lauren Dempz, Berlin first-year student
  • Maris Fett, Owosso first-year student
  • Brandon Hart, Flint sophomore
  • Elizabeth Pechota, Cadillac first-year student
  • Alena Ramos, Saginaw first-year student
  • Kira Sheffer, Indian River senior
  • Morgan Sweitzer, New Castle, Pa., first-year student
  • Josh Zeitler, Alma senior
Story published on April 03, 2019