Salem High Theatre presents Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18 in the school’s auditorium.
They’ve moved the setting of the play from sixteenth century Sicily to the 1920s, “the Roaring 20s,” but the script stays true to Shakespeare’s intent. Multiple courtships, romances, and marriages (along with the drama and comedy that accompany them) entertain the audience while issues of commitment, social requirements, and love are worked out in the meantime.
“They just got back home from war [WWI], they just want to be with their friends and family, and everybody is falling in love and having a good time. So there’s just a lot of resemblance between the 20s and the script itself,” said student-director Hannah Todd.
Leslie Brittain and Drew Kearns play Hero and Claudio. Emily Shelton and Clay Bradshaw play Beatrice and Benedick. Other characters include Austin Peters as Don Pedro; Donnie Emerson as Don John, Katelyn Barker as Balthasar, Ryan Taylor as Conrade, Dylan Wade as Borachio, Ryan Taylor as Friar Francis, Julian Hamner as Dogberry, Brian Stephenson as Verges, Olivia Mischianti as Margaret, Lauralee Cook as Margaret, along with Erica Schlect and Taylor Giorno who will each play multiple roles. Michael LeFew plays Leonato, governor of Messina
Teachers Rachel Sailer and Fred Campbell will serve as producer and dramaturg, respectively, and Katie Marie Hester and Kori Tatarka are the play’s choreographers.
*post updated to include Michael LeFew 1 p.m. Friday, February 4