Student sets the stage for fall production "Much Ado About Nothing"

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Christian Flannery

As the last weekend before finals approaches, students on Assumption’s campus seek to be wildly entertained. The amplified base in the residence halls serves as a familiar sound for all of our ears, as students take a much needed break from often strenuous academic work.

Well, good news for all. There’s a new form of wild entertainment coming to La Maison u on December 5 at 8 p.m., December 6 at 7 p.m. and December 7 at 7 p.m.

Assumption College’s Merely Players will be presenting William Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing as the one and only school play for the fall semester.

Come on down to the Salon in La Maison and enjoy some comedic wordplay, slanderous villainy, elaborate disguises, masquerades and so much more.

In short, Much Ado about Nothing is about well… absolutely nothing. The play involves a series of outrageous gossip scenes which get misinterpreted or misunderstood, causing each character that hears them to submit to a frenzy of ridiculous decisions.

Characters make fun of each other, trick each other, disguise themselves as each other and this may be the only time that audience members will have the opportunity to see Batman and Gollum in the same play. Don’t know what that means? Come see the show.

Much Ado about Nothing is taking a much more modern twist with lots of good laughs. Every individual is so talented in his or her own way.

“Athletes, science majors, freshmen, seniors and all demographics of this campus come together. It’s a great show to be at!” said senior Andrea Garry, playing the role of Hero, the fair yet perhaps not-so-fair maiden.

Taking on a full-length Shakespeare play is a first for Merely Players. Though perhaps nervous at first, the cast proves to be very ambitious and the energy really flows all around the stage and will likely make its way towards the audience as well.

“Coming into the school year I was anxious about what the group would look like, but after a great show of interest in the activities fair, the groups is now larger than ever and everything is really clicking,” said junior and co-director Patrick O’Donnell, who will also be featured as the outlandish Dogberry, the prettiest piece of flesh in all of Messina.

The cast is as follows:

Co-directors:Patrick O’Donnell and Christian Flannery
Leonata: Nicole Dufresne
Hero: Andrea Garry
Beatrice: Caroline Critelli
Ursula/Sexton/Messenger: Julia Stevens
Dona Pedra: Elizabeth DiLoreto
Claudio: Kevin Green
Benedick: Christian Flannery
Antonia: Ruth Richardson
Don Jon: Tristan Elliott
Borachio: Zach Schulman
Conrade: Samuel Birney
Friar Lawrence: Brad Elias
Margaret: Veronica Beaupre
First Watchman: Kara O’Connell
Second Watchman: Catherine Kalenoski
Verges: Joseph Abruzzi
Dogberry:Patrick O’Donnell

Also involved: Jonathan Souza, Jenna DeMasi and Kelly Lund

If you crave a good laugh over the weekend, then this show is definitely for you. We hope all can attend to support the 19 students involved that make this production possible. Come see the show for $5 on December 5, 6 and 7.

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