Hippies join cast of Shakespeare’s comedy for student-run spring play
College students are updating Shakespeare’s
Much Ado About Nothing romantic
comedy to the hippy days of post-Vietnam War for their spring play
Members of the
dramatics honorary Alpha Psi Omega will direct and perform the play. The
curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. each evening, in Wampler Auditorium.
Admission is $1 or a canned good for a local food bank. Reservations are
“The music, set design and personality will just be a lot of fun
for any audience,” said sophomore Heidi Gonyea of Kokomo, who is
co-directing the production with sophomore Alicia Smith of Rochester.
The original Much Ado
About Nothing was set in the Italian town of Messina, where nobleman
Leonato welcomes friends home from war. One of his friends falls in love
with Leonato’s daughter and a plot of trickery, love and comedy evolves.
Principal actors are junior Joel Waggy of Goshen, first-year
student Jay Barot-Spencer of England, senior Laura Beutler of Roann, and
junior Ben Martin of Myersville, Md.
Also in the 20-character cast: Nick Kauffman of Goshen; Jesse
Reid of Richmond; Pete Dobberstein of Brookville, Ohio; Ryan Deeter of
South Bend; Cierra Kindy of Fort Wayne; Megan Frick of Wawaka; Katie
McCann of Homewood, Ill.; Kacie Gauby; Rebecca Oren of Vandalia, Ohio;
Mikele Nicolazzo of Warminster, Pa.; Amanda Patch of Otterbein; Stacy
Carmichael of South Bend; Heather Hostetler of Napanee; Alicia Smith of
Rochester; Krystal Poe of Warsaw
and Amanda Degman of North Manchester.