WBCT presents ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

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Don’t miss the opening of the Winder-Barrow Community Theatre production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

The show will run for two weekends, Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-4 at the Colleen Williams Theater inside the Winder Cultural Arts Center. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday shows are at 3 p.m.

Advance price tickets are now on sale at Winder City Hall (770-867-3106) and at Pam Veader’s State Farm Insurance Office (770-867-1679). Seniors (55 and older), students and teachers are only $10 in advance. Adults are $12.50.

Terri Duffield, who will be directing the show, states the following in her notes for the program.

“At the tender age of 7, my mother and I watched Zefferelli’s Romeo and Juliet. This was my very first exposure to the works of William Shakespeare. I was hooked. I loved the pageantry, the beauty and the coarseness that was presented on that screen. As I aged, my interest never waned, but changed, grew and became more mature as I became able to follow the gist of the lyrical words. This is when I became addicted to the Bard of Avon. It was the beauty of the language; the power in the words,” said Duffield.

“Oh, what that man did with words. Shakespeare had this amazing ability to paint the most vivid pictures with the words he placed in the mouths of his actors. From the lofty and sacred to the base and profane, with just a sentence or two, he could tell you about the character of the speaker and the subject. He could give you a sense of time, place and even the conditions in which we find the characters. A skill that was of utmost importance, as in London in the late 1590’s, the actors performed in their street clothes on a basically blank stage with just a few rudimentary props.”

Duffield continues: “Much Ado About Nothing is believed to have been first staged in 1598 or 99. Four hundred and twenty-four years later it is still being performed on stages around the world. Its plotlines have inspired other plays and operas and films as well as paintings, tapestries and other works of art. The reason for this popularity is easy to ascertain. The play’s themes of love, trust, betrayal and heartbreak are still something that audiences find pertinent to their lives. Everyone can relate to the beautiful, sweet Hero and earnest, gullible Claudio. People delight in the verbal sparring of Benedick and Beatrice, who say the type of things that everyone wishes to say from time to time. We all love to hate the rotten Don John and his smarmy sidekick, Borachio. It may be an old play, but it feels fresh and urgent in our times.

“I sincerely hope that you become as enchanted by this show as I have. These actors, many of whom have never performed Shakespeare before, have worked amazingly hard to present for you a Shakespearian production that is quick and lively and fun,” said Duffield. “We wish to erase from your memory sitting in Lit class listening to endless droning of the teacher and the haltingly read iambic pentameter of your classmates. We hope to replace it with the love and excitement for this, and the 38 other plays of William Shakespeare, which we now share. Thank you for coming. Please savor this rare chance to enjoy a classic. Don’t worry if it sounds funny at first. Your ears will adjust.”

WBCT is excited to present the first full staged production of Shakespeare in Barrow County (at least as far as is known). Come out and join the fun as the cast members show you the sword fighting that they have learned as they entertain you with this much loved comedy.

For more information about WBCT and other upcoming events and shows, see the website at www.winderbarrowtheatre.org.