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Hippies join cast of Shakespeare’s comedy for student-run spring play           

       Manchester College students are updating Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing romantic comedy to the hippy days of post-Vietnam War for their spring play March 8-10.

       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 not necessary.

      “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.

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