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Much Ado About Nothing - Villanova Players Theatre Company

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Shakespeare and Cowboys meet in a hilarious production

If you've never been to see Shakespeare live, then this production of "Much Ado About Nothing" by Villanova Players is the one for you! Forget those dreary high school English lessons, this production is a rollicking adventure, full of humour, romance and a little bit of naughty fun. Director Roslyn Johnson has chosen to set the production in the Wild West, and it is surprising how well the Shakespearian English works with a Texan drawl and Mexican twang. The actors delivery left no room for misunderstanding, as witty lines were delivered with clarity and expression.

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Jason Nash (Benedick) and Louella Baldwin (Beatrice) give sparkling performances

The topic of love is a common theme in the works of Shakespeare, and in this romantic comedy, main characters Beatrice, played by Coorparoo's Louella Baldwin, and Benedick, played by Jason Nash from Collingwood Park, are tricked out of their love/hate relationship by their best friends Claudio (Travis Holmes) and Hero (Hannah Martin) who are themselves getting married. They are assisted by Don Pedro (Tom Coyle) and mother of the bride to be, Leonata (Elizabeth Morris). There are a few more twists and turns along the way as the evil half-brother to the Count, Don John, employs his dastardly plan to discredit Hero and prevent her from marrying Claudio. Fortunately, the hapless town Sheriff and his motley crew are there to save the day!

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These girls are formidable

The cast give a spirited performance, with characters worthy of a Hollywood Rom-Com. There are a few little tweaks to Shakespeare along the way to suit the Tex-Mex setting, but these add to the humour of the production rather than detract from the Shakespeare.

The show runs from the 3rd to the 19th November with evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7:30pm and matinees and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. The performances are being held in the auditorium at Yeronga State High School, entry from Oakwood Street. Ticket prices are Adults: $25, Concession: $17, Students: $12, Groups of 10 or more: $15 each and are available at the door. You can also book online and save 10% off the ticket price by visiting the Villanova Players Website.

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Don Pedro (Tom Coyle) with Leonata (Elizabeth Morris) and Antonia (Desley Nichols) with the defeated Don John (Michael McNish) in the background

The Villanova Players are a community theatre group formed in 1948 who have nurtured Brisbane's theatrical talent for over sixty years. They usually produce four shows a year. Their past cast boasts some impressive names such as the late Bernard King and Judy Connelli, who is currently patron of the group.

Don't forget to bring $2 for the fantastic interval snacks and have a great time at this production of "Much Ado About Nothing".
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Why? Shakespeare has never been so much fun!
When: 2pm Saturday & Sunday, 7:30pm Friday & Saturday
Phone: (07) 3395 5168
Where: Yeronga State High School, Auditorium.
Cost: Adults: $25, Concession: $17, Students: $12, Groups of 10 or more: $15
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