Luther College theatre/dance to present 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies, "Much Ado About Nothing" will be presented Oct. 4-11 by Luther College's Department of Visual & Performing Arts.

Production dates are Oct. 5 at 5:45 p.m., and Oct. 4, 6, 10 and 11 at 6 p.m. All performances are at the Harvey Wilkins Plaza located outside in front of the main entrance to Sampson Hoffland Laboratories on the Luther campus.

Tickets are $10, available at the Luther Box Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or boxoffice@luther.edu, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

'Much Ado About Nothing' combines elements of robust hilarity with serious meditations on honor, shame and court policies.

The comedy tells a story involving various layers of love with particular attention to the relationship of Beatrice and Benedick who are trapped in a battle of wits keeping their true feelings for each other at a distance.

Performers include Elisabeth Athas playing Beatrice, Sarah Brandt as the Sexton & messenger, Lucas Chase as Conrad, John Dimit as Don John, Emily Ebertz as the watch, Michael Ehrecke as Leonato, Holly Fusco as Hero, Tyler Hagy as Don Pedro, Josh Harper as Dogberry, Miriam Harries as the watch & messenger, Kelly Harris as Ursula, Tim Komatsu as Claudio, Adrienne Kulzer as the watch, Max Lafontant as Verges, Bryce Muenchow as Benedick, Anna Murray as Borachio, Maggie Sulentic as Margaret, Abigail Wacholz as a priest and John Werner as Antonio.

Mark Muggli, Kristen Underwood and Robert Larson are co-directing. Tom Berger, technical director of the theatre, is designing the set and Lisa Lantz, an assistant professor of theatre, is working on costume design. Jeff Dintaman, professor of theatre, is in charge of lighting.

Students assisting include Alex Klyn as stage manager, Brett Steelman as rehearsal assistant, Ashley Wright as production manager, and Sydney Kjerstad, music coordinator.