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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

This summer, we bring you a light and frothy performance of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Ruggard Gazebo in Villa Park. Romance, comedy, and amorous passion take center stage at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 & 31 and August 6 & 7.

CAST

LEONATO, Studio Director Leo Kamm 

HERO, his daughter Maggie Brennan

BEATRICE, his niece Amelia Tortorici 

ANTONIA, sister to Leonato Neeraja Kumar 

MARGARET, a young ingenue Mary DiLeo 

URSULA, a young ingenue Jaclyn Bryers 

DON PEDRO, Head of the Studio Eric Edstrom 

COUNT CLAUDIO, a young leading man Sean O’Brochta 

SIGNIOR BENEDICK, supporting actor John DeAngelo 

BALTHASAR, studio musician Emma Ryan 

DONNA JOHN, Don Pedro’s sister Ann  Deichert 

BORACHIO, servant to Donna John Jack May 

CONRADE, servant to Donna John Nolan Ferris 

DOGBERRY, Head of Studio Security Jack Corkery 

VERGES, Dogberry’s partner Elizabeth Michael

GEORGE SEACOAL, leader of Studio Watch Ray Czerwinski 

FIRST WATCHMAN Jason Nelson 

SECOND WATCHMAN Jonathan Nelson 

SEXTON Jess Matasek 

FRIAR FRANCES Gill Falco 

MESSENGER to Leonato Milo Barnett 

MESSENGER to Don Pedro Shea Downer

MEMBERS of the Studio Watch Milo Barnett, Kayli Gergen, Matthew Nelson

HOUSEKEEPER to Leonato Shelly Rundgren

DIRECTORS, DESIGNERS, AND CREWS

“SIGH NO MORE” Music composed by Matthew Ernat • VOCALIST • Emma Ryan

PIANIST • Linda Radtke

CHOREOGRAPHER • Michael Poirier

FIGHT DIRECTOR • Andrew Trygstad

SOUND DESIGN • Andrew Speidel

SOUND CREW • Aspen Magierski, Kaylin Speidel, Abram Kamm, Connor Welker

COSTUME DESIGN • Kim Petrella

COSTUME CREW • Michael Poirier, Leslie Sulla, Norah Luedtke

LIGHTING DESIGN • Kim Petrella

LIGHT CREW • Ashely O’Connor

SET DESIGN • Marcus Petrella

SCENIC CREW HEAD • Tom Fitzmaurice

SCENIC ARTISTS • Eddie and Jack Corkery

SCENIC CREW • Melissa Fitzmaurice, Molly Brennan, Erick Krenzel, Maddie Bullivant

PROP CREW • Janice DeAngelo

TECHNICAL DIRECTORS • Marcus Petrella, Kim Petrella

STAGE MANAGER • Bri White

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/DANCE CAPTAIN • Michaela Brown

CO-DIRECTORS • Genevieve Corkery, Sara Corkery

SPECIAL THANKS

Suzanne McVey and the Village of Villa Park staff, especially Greg Gola and Suzanne Earl of the Parks and Rec Department; Laura Schnettler and the Chamber of Commerce; Deepasriya Kumar and Kevin Patrick; all of our generous sponsors: the DeAngelo Family, the Downer Family, the Frank Family and the Nelson Family, I Love Fries, Jade Carpentry Contractors, Mike’s Meat Market, Minuteman Press, Pioneer Garden and Feed, Standard Meadery, Villa Park Masonic Lodge, and Vulcan Materials Company.

Please support the generous sponsors who help to make this production possible.

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The event is FREE, but there’s a suggested donation of $10 per person to benefit Saint Genesius Productions. Thanks to the generosity of Villa Park’s Village staff and the wonderful folks at the Park department, we’ll be able to bring these four live performances to the public square for all to enjoy. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a front row seat!

Last year’s performance of Macbeth at Villa Park’s Ruggard Gazebo

 

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