Stellar set design, acting and choreography create a thoroughly enjoyable production
Blair theater has delivered another fantastic production in its fall play, "Much Ado About Nothing". With a stellar cast and crew, and a creative twist, the theater department showcased this celebrated Shakespeare comedy in the best possible light.
Directors Kelly and John O'Connor added a new element to this classic play, incorporating Mexican culture and traditional Mexican music and dance for a refreshing and creative flair. The lifelike set also reflects this thematic twist. Set designer Dio Cramer meticulously executed a flawless and intricate set, complete with a working fountain, painted Spanish tiles, and vibrant chains of paper flowers. The set is centered on a stucco-like house that is authentic in its appearance down to the terra cotta roof design. But the set is only one of many factors that contribute to this production's success.
Meanwhile Don Pedro and Leoneato, with help from Hero and a few others, conspire to bring together Leonato's stubborn and clever niece, Beatrice (Cameron Bauserman/Lucy Glenshaw) with the witty and charming Benedick, who quarrel incessantly with each other rather than admit their true feelings. Trouble ensues, however, when Don Pedro's illegitimate brother Don John (Noah Friedlander/Cole Sebastian) reveals a dastardly plot to prevent Hero and Claudio's union.
As with most Shakespeare comedies, "Much Ado about Nothing" is chock full of comedic elements, including secret plots, cases of mistaken identity, lies, and, of course, love stories. The cast performs superbly, keeping the audience engrossed for the entirety of the play, and striking the perfect balance between hilarity and sincerity.
Full of surprises, this show's choreography is the perfect complement to the lighthearted plot. Choreographers Jennifer Garcia and Sofia Sandoval-Ferriss excellently prepared the cast, and each dance scene is festive and energetic, especially when working in tandem with the exquisite and colorful costumes.
"Much Ado About Nothing" is a hilarious and fun play on its own. But when combined with the stellar acting and talented crew members that can be excepted from any Blair show, it is taken to a whole new and thoroughly enjoyable level. In its latest production, Blair theater doesn't disappoint. "Much Ado About Nothing" is highly recommended to lovers of Shakespeare, lovers of comedy, and lovers of fun. With a committed and hilarious cast and a jaw dropping set, "Much Ado about Nothing" promises a wonderful time for everyone.
"Much Ado About Nothing" has four more performances: At 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, and at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 14.
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