Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday with Gresham High School production
'Much Ado About Nothing' opens Wednesday, April 23
Just in time for Shakespeares 450th birthday, Gresham High School Theatre Arts Department is staging ol Wills Much Ado About Nothing.
The production opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, with $7 discounted tickets and birthday cake to honor of The Bard.
Director Sara Dempsey said Shakespeare twists audiences through a range of emotions and ideas, making us ponder if all our petty cares are much ado about little.
We get so caught up in our everyday lives with lies, misconceptions and uncertainties, said Dempsey. Im hoping audiences realize that we dont need to worry so much about nothing.
First published in 1600, the comedic play centers on the intertwining courtships of two pairs of lovers: Benedick and Beatrice, played by seniors Devon Bailey and Lily Cichon, and Claudio and Hero, played by Brandon Bailey and Angie Hahn, juniors.
For Benedick and Beatrice, relentless teasing and spite turns into love, while the younger couple is rendered speechless by love, eagerly anticipating their wedding.
A wrench is thrown when the evil Don Pedro accuses Hero of infidelity, conspiring to break up the wedding.
Dempsey commended the casts work ethic, noting that many students, including the leads, helped to design, build and paint the set, including a gate and windows.
These kids want to learn it all, Dempsey said.
Each of the four leads said producing a Shakespearean play the schools first in five years was a new challenge.
If you mess up one word even and or but or to it completely changes the meaning, Hahn said. You have to know the intention behind the words.
As Hero, Hahn said she plays a forgiving and sweet, yet witty character.
Theres all this drama around her happening about nothing, Hahn said.
Brandon Bailey said the play offer a lesson we should get the full story before putting the pieces together.
Playing Claudio is an emotional rollercoaster, Brandon said. Hes happy, then hes pissed off. Ive never had a character with so many different levels.
Devon Bailey, Brandons older brother, said it felt natural to play brotherly figures in the play. He called the Benedick and Beatrice relationship very dynamic.
(The play) is about trusting your instincts, Devon said. Life has too many obstacles, and if you focus on trying to get over each individual one, youre going to end up falling. Dont take the big things too seriously and enjoy the little things.
Cichon said her and Benedicks banter stems from their love for each other, even though they poke fun at each others soft points.
You have to know the full story and see through peoples masks, Cichon said. Deceit can get you far, but the truth comes out in the end, no matter what.
IF YOU GO
What: Gresham High Schools production of Much Ado About Nothing.
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23-Saturday, April 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27.
Where: Gresham High School Auditorium, 1200 N. Main Ave., Gresham.
Tickets: $12 for adults and students; $10 for seniors; and $7 for the opening special on Shakespeares 450th birthday.
Info and tickets: 503-674-5516, ghsdrama.yolasite.com.Add a comment