Shakespeare in The Park is making something out of Much Ado About Nothing, their annual summer production which begins July 3 in Galt Gardens on July 3. The production will run most Thursday and Fridays at 7 p.m. each night.
“It’s essentially two love stories. One comes easily and the other one that takes a lot more work on the part of others,” said Erinn Watson, who is co-directing the production with U of L professor Doug MacArthur.
The love story that works easily involves Claudio, who has just returned from war and falls instantly in love with Leonato’s daughter Hero. So Claudio, Leonato and Don Pedro work together to make Claudio’s relationship with Hero work.
The other couple, Beatrice and Benedict takes a little more work.
“They are both equal wits to each other. And they both have similar attitudes towards marriage,” Watson added, noting both are staunchly against marriage.
“But Hero, Claudio, Don Pedro and Leonato plot to bring them together with some trickery,” she said.
Complications arise from Don Pedro’s bastard brother Don John.
“Don John and his minions will do anything to make Don Pedro fall,” she continued.
Watson is very pleased with how well the production has gone.
“Everything has gone really well according to the schedule,” she said.
“ It’s gone exactly as we hoped it would be,” she continued.
The cast features Shakespeare in the Park veterans from their first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream back in 2012, community members, university students, recent graduates and a lot of new faces.
“There's not a person in this cast I don’t know. I’ve either performed with them, directed them or took a class with them,” Watson said.