‘Much Ado’ in Little Italy

Mar 18, 2014
Photo by: Brian Boyd Emma Faunce as Beatrice and Ben Moon-Black as Benedick rehearse their roles for Watershed School’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Camden — Watershed School, an independent high school, will present a production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” set during World War II in New York City’s Little Italy. The public is invited to come see this entertaining production Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m. or Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. Admission is by donation.

Directed by faculty member Brian Boyd, Watershed’s “Much Ado About Nothing” presents soldiers returning from war, budding romances, flirtations, light-hearted skirmishes and severe rivalries. The play is student-produced, and the students themselves voted to place it in the 1940s. Cast and crew have busily prepared for several months, carrying out tasks like perfecting lines, production, designing sets and costumes and making posters.

The show is produced by Brynn Kooyenga and features Ben Moon-Black, Emma Faunce, Peter Duda, Laurel Brooks, Declan Donnelly, Jerin Brooks, Leslie Ryan, Heather Dumond, Jillian Galloway, Peter Galloway, Warren Galloway, Lilian Hohmann and Stuart Randolph. The creative team features Tom Weis, Hunter Schade, Jesse Dunn, Julie O’Rourke, Minjung Kim, Grace Kemberling, Louisa Crane, Isabel Hamill, Madalina Lodge, Isabel Crane, C Wiley and Karen Kitt.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

“Much Ado About Nothing” opens with a message from the warfront. From left in Watershed School’s 1940s-era production are, from left, Jillian Galloway as the messenger, Emma Faunce as Beatrice and Leslie Ryan as Leonata. (Photo by: Brian Boyd)
Engaging in some Shakespearean girl talk are, from left, Laurel Brooks as Hero, Lilian Hohmann as Alessandra and Emma Faunce as Beatrice in Watershed School’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” (Photo by: Brian Boyd)
Watershed’s production sets “Much Ado About Nothing” in the World War II era. From left are Jerin Brooks as Don Pedro, Declan Donnelly as Don John, Peter Duda as Claudio and Ben Moon-Black as Benedick. (Photo by: Brian Boyd)
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