VP 2002 SummerStock

SummerStock 2002

The Village Players Theatre is proud to announce our plans for the summer of 2002. We will be offering a Shakespearean classic.

Much Ado About Nothing

Written By: William Shakespeare Directed by: Derek Hansen May 4th at 2:00 P.M., May 5th at 1:00 P.M., May 6th at 7:00 P.M.

Run of Show

“Much Ado About Nothing” will run July 12 – 20, 2002, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm, second Sunday at 2:00pm Ticket Information


The war is over. Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon accompanied by his villainous brother Don John and the two young lords Claudio and Benedict arrive in Messina. They are met by Leonato the Governor, his niece Beatrice and his young daughter Hero. Claudio quickly falls in love with Hero and Don Pedro promises to woo her on his behalf and win her affection that evening at a ball. Don Pedro is successful and the wedding is planned in seven night’s time. In that time Leonato, Don Pedro, Claudio and Hero plan to trick Benedict and Beatrice into falling in love with each other.

Don John plots with Borachio (his servant) to stop the marriage of Hero and Claudio, as he is “sick in displeasure” with Claudio. They plan to disguise Borachio’s lover, Margaret (Hero’s gentlewomen) as Hero. Don John leads the Prince and Claudio the night before the wedding to witness what they believe is Hero being unfaithful.

Believing Hero has been unfaithful, Claudio publicly accuses and slanders her at the wedding, leaving her for dead. Believing she is innocent, the priest decides to hide Hero “and publish it that she is dead indeed”. Benedict and Beatrice declare their love for one another and Beatrice demands Benedict kill Claudio as he has “wronged Hero”. Benedict challenges Claudio to a duel to the death.

Borachio is captured in the night after confessing his crime, is cross examined and taken to Leonato’s. Don Pedro and Claudio realize their terrible mistake and beg Leonato for forgiveness. Leonato declares he will forgive Claudio only on the condition that Claudio marry his other niece and heir.

Claudio agrees and spends the night in mourning at the grave of Hero.

The next day at the wedding Claudio marries the veiled niece of Leonato. She removes her veil to reveal she is Hero. They are reunited. Benedict and Beatrice publicly declare their love and plan to marry. Benedict says they should all dance before the wedding “that we might lighten our own hearts and their wives’ heels.”

The People …

Leading Roles
in order of appearance

Leonato Peter Mackey
Don Pedro Matt Kizaur
Don John Brad Riker
Claudio Gregory Hartmen
Hero Sarah Collier
Benedick Ben Lumbrezer
Beatrice Christine D’Amato
Margaret Thereasa Rinderknecht
Ursula Angela Metcalf
Borachio Zac Gilley
Conrade Devon Samael Daval
Dogberry Tom Kleinert
Verges Matt Hudson
Antonio Rick Vaught
Friar Fransis Marc Malley
Sexton Joel Ungerleider
Watchman/Messenger Jason Champion

Production Staff

Director D. Nicholas Hansen
Producer Scott Gage & Laura Fleck
Choreographer Carol Rettig
Set Design D. Nicholas Hansen
Scenic Art Willard Misfeldt
Stage Manager Laura Fleck & Kitty Devany
Lighting Design Scott Gage
Lighting Crew Will Chevalier, Cheri Crane, Kitty Devany, Angela Gage, Scott Gage
Costume Design Cindi Fountain
Property Master Laura Fleck
Set Construction Sarah Collier, D. Nicholas Hansen, Rich Harrison, Steve Mierzejewski, Willard Misfeldt, Bob Smith, Don Weber
Sound Design Jordan Kotz
Sound Crew Jordan Kotz, Barb Vaught
Program Jake Gordy
House Manager Ann Veasey
Box Office Ann Veasey
Program Printing M&M Printing
Marquee Signs Laura Fleck
Cast Photography Mike McDermont
Special Thanks Tom Davis, Laura Fleck, UT Theatre Department, Cindi Fountain, Doc’s Tuxedo, Quality Cleaners – Faemount