MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
L-R: Sophia Paskalidis, Matthew Rhodes. Photo: Emily Cooper
Directed by MFA Directing Alumnus Lois Anderson
Venice, Italy, 2018. Sisters Leonata and Antonia welcome the Italian Cup Soccer champions into their Grand Canal palazzo for a month of feasting, cavorting, and merry-making. This fresh take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing,sees the team owner’s sister, Dona Johnna, engage in a bitter act of revenge, as her previous attempts to throw the Italian Cup final were thwarted by young Claudio. While lovers Benedick and Beatrice lock heads in a witty war of words, young Claudio is tricked into believing his love, Hero, has cheated on him. Love steers Shakespeare’s comedy, in all it’s different facets and glories - young love, friendship, love of family and community. BFA Acting and MFA Directing alumna Lois Anderson directs this production, combining delightful humour with explorations of the sometimes awkward, painful path love takes us on.
Benedick Graydon Clark; Beatrice Daelyn Lester-Serafini; Claudio Matthew Rhodes; Hero Sophia Paskalidis; Don Pedro Rafael Ruiz; Dona Johnna Jodi Margit; Dona Antonia Drew Carlson; Dona Leonata Tebo Nzeku; Dona Antonia Drew Carlson; Post/Borachio/Friar Francis Tomás Balli ; Maid 2/Margaret/Sexton Cassandra Bourchier; Gondolier/Girl at Party/Nun/Verges Hannah Everett; Gondolier/Ursula/Conrade Anni Ramsay; Maid 1/Dogberry Elizabeth Young.
Costume Design Erica Sterry; Set Design Jacqueline Gilchrist; Lighting Design Erika Champion; Sound Design Mai Inagaki; Stage Manager Amanda Parafina
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November 8-24, 2018. 7:30 pm.
No show Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Preview: November 7. Opening Night Reception: November 8; Post-show Talkback: November 14.
Wine/Show pairings chosen by alumna Barbara Phillip MW at Gallini’s Bar.
Frederic Wood Theatre
6354 Crescent Rd.
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CANADA
Lois has a BA (English Literature), a BFA(Acting) and an MFA (Directing) all from UBC. For UBC: Medea, Pride and Prejudice. For Bard on the Beach: On the Beach, Pericles, Lysistrata. For The Arts Club: Fun Home, My Granny the Goldfish, The Graduate, The Unplugging, It’s Snowing on Saltspring. Lois was an original member of The Leaky Heaven Circus, Cirque Poule and Flying Blind.
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623.
By means of "noting" (which, in Shakespeare's day, sounded similar to "nothing" as in the play's title, and which means gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.
L-R: Matthew Rhodes, Sophia Paskalidis, Daelyn Lester-Serafini, Gray Clark. Photo: Emily Cooper
L-R: Sophia Paskalidis, Daelyn Lester-Serafini. Photo: Emily Cooper
Gray Clark - Benedick
Daelyn Lester-Serafini - Beatrice
Matthew Rhodes - Claudio
Sophia Paskalidis - Hero
Rafael Ruiz - Don Pedro
Jodi Margit - Dona Johnna
Drew Carlson - Dona Antonia
Tebo Nzeku - Dona Leonata
Tomás Balli - Post/Borachio/Friar Francis
Cassandra Bourchier - Maid 2/Margaret/Sexton
Hannah Everett - Gondolier/Girl at Party/Nun/Verges
Anni Ramsay - Gondolier/Ursula/Conrade
Elizabeth Young - Maid 1/Dogberry
Lois Anderson - Director
Jacqueline Gilchrist - Set Design
Rebecca Scherman - Asst. Set Design
Erica Sterry - Costume Design
Charlotte Chang - Asst. Costume Design
Liz Gao - Asst. Costume Design
Erika Champion - Lighting Design
Thea Liu - Asst. Lighting Design
Raphael Souza Lopes - Asst. Lighting Design
John Tolton - Asst. Lighting Design
Mai Inagaki - Sound Design
Amanda Parafina - Stage Manager
Emily Chen - Asst. Stage Manager
Linh Le - Asst. Stage Manager
Marijka Asbeek Brusse - Stage Management
Patrick Rizzotti - Scenic Design
Robert Gardiner - Lighting & Production
Carmen Alatorre - Costume Design
Patrick Pennefather - Sound Design
Gayle Murphy - BFA Acting
Alison Matthews - Vocal Coach
Raphael Wagner - Singing Coach
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