The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission has teamed up with Goodly Creatures Theatre to provide a summer digital Shakespeare performance of the beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.
The virtual version of the performance is available through Monday, Sept. 21, on the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission webpage, via Goodly Creature’s YouTube Channel, and will air on Elgin’s public access television channel (Channel 17 on Comcast and WOW and Channel 99 on AT&T) at 2 p.m. on Sundays and 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
The performance is offered free to the public.
What was originally planned to be a Shakespeare-in-the-Park performance has gone digital to provide a safe way for Elgin residents to enjoy this performance.
“It’s been a challenge, but doing everything we can to keep the arts alive in Elgin is our priority,” said Assistant to the City Manager for Special Projects and the Arts Amanda Harris.
Katrina Syrris, Goodly’s founder and artistic director, could not agree more.
“The arts provide not only an outlet for our creativity, they provide insights and comfort in times of uncertainty,” she said.
With Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, audiences will enjoy a humorous and touching story about the resiliency of love and friendship, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Much Ado About Nothing
The play follows the story of friends and lovers who find their efforts towards love and happiness encouraged and challenged by rumors.
The play takes place on nobleman Leonato’s estate in Messina, Italy, after he has invited old friends, and honorable soldiers, to visit his family to rest from the war. Reunited by this visit are former lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, who are engaged in a “merry war” of wit. While old feelings are rekindled, young love grows between the soldier Claudio, and Leonato’s daughter, Hero.
In the shadows, Don Pedro’s spiteful brother, Don John, sees an opportunity to foil their happiness by enlisting the help of his hedonistic henchmen, Conrade and Borachio, to spread the rumor that Hero is disloyal the night before their wedding.
Hilarity ensues when the unlikeliest of Watchmen discover his secret machinations and attempt to reveal the truth to Leonato’s family and friends, bumbling all the way.
SOURCE: Elgin Cultural Arts Commission news release