HPU’s Paul and Vi Loo Theatre
Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Troy Apostol
Saturday, Jan. 30 at 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31 at 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 1 at 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (callbacks if need)
Apr. 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17, 2016
Fridays thru Sundays
One of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, Much Ado About Nothing opens with Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, and his entourage (Benedick, Claudio, and bastard brother Don John, a defeated adversary, as well as others) returning from battle to lodge at the home of Leonato, governor of Messina. From there, the play focuses on the bringing together of two couples: Claudio and Leonato’s daughter, Hero, and Benedick and Leonato’s niece, Beatrice. Meanwhile, the villain Don John takes his revenge by breaking apart Claudio and Hero’s marriage via deception and slander. Hero falls dead at the altar. But is she really dead?
ROLES IN THE PRODUCTION
Leonato: 50s. Most of the play takes place in/around Leonato's home/estate. He is Hero’s father, Beatrice’s uncle and guardian, and host to Don Pedro and his men. Leonato is a friendly, unifying figure, linking the play's plot lines together from first scene to last. After Hero is disgraced, Leonato shows his darker side.
Hero: 20s. Daughter of Leonato and Claudio's intended wife-to-be. Quiet, traditional, obedient, and naive, she becomes the unwitting victim of Don John's plot to cause mischief for Don Pedro and Claudio.
Beatrice: 30s. Orphaned niece of Leonato, raised in his household as a second daughter. Strong-willed, opinionated, and outspoken, she has been emotionally wounded by Benedick in earlier encounters and has built a defense system against him with sarcasm, wit, disparagement, and apparent indifference. She is protective of Hero, her cousin.
Antonio: 50s. Brother of Leonato and a member of his household.
Margaret: 20s-30s. One of two gentlewomen (maidservants) to Hero. Margaret's remarks often include sexual innuendoes. She is innocently misled by Borachio into the plot to deceive Claudio and Don Pedro.
Ursula: 20s-30s. The second of Hero's maidservants. Ursula plays a small role in deceiving Beatrice about Benedick's love.
Friar Francis: 40s-50s. The good friar who is to perform the marriage of Hero and Claudio. Friar Francis proposes the scheme to hide Hero after her denunciation, pretending she is dead.
Don Pedro's Company
Don Pedro: 40s. A prince of Aragon (sometimes spelled Arragon). Like Leonato, Don Pedro is a linking character, playing key roles first in the wooing of Hero for Claudio, then in the deceptions of both Beatrice and Benedick, and finally as an unwitting eyewitness to Don John's staging of Hero's unfaithfulness. He apparently likes to control events around him but in fact becomes a victim of them.
Claudio: 20s. A young soldier who has played a heroic part in the fight against Don John. Having admired Hero before going off to war, on his return he is much taken with her. He seems immature and easily misled by the suggestions and actions of others, including Don Pedro, Don John, and Leonato. His affections are mercurial — back and forth between infatuation and rejection.
Benedick: 30s. Another soldier in Don Pedro's company, not a count like Claudio, but referred to respectfully as "signor." Benedick enjoyed the company of Beatrice at some earlier time but went away without any commitment, causing her to harden her attitudes about men and marriage — an appropriate match for Benedick's own attitudes about women and marriage. He is witty and often sarcastic, independent in spirit, loyal to friends — and not really the misogynist (woman hater) he appears to be.
Don John: 30s-40s. Brother to Don Pedro. Because he was born outside of marriage, he has no official claim to any of his family's wealth or position. He tried to overthrow his brother in battle but lost. Now his brother's generosity in accepting him as part of his company grates on Don John's unaccommodating personality, and he longs to get back at his brother.
Borachio: 30s-40s. One of Don John's personal followers. Borachio has had a personal relationship with Margaret, one of Hero's attendants. He uses this relationship for Don John's mischief and his own personal profit by devising the deceptive "window scene." His later repentance seems to stem at least partly from a recognition that the deception went too far.
Conrade (sometimes spelled Conrad): 30s-40s. Another of Don John's personal followers.
Balthasar: 20s-30s. A musician in Don Pedro's company.
Dogberry: 40s. The constable of Messina, in charge of the night watch. Dogberry may be a man of "low station" and rough habits, especially as demonstrated in his garbled speech, but his pride and his wit suggest that some of his actions and expressions may be intentionally ambiguous and provocative.
Verges: 50s-60s. The deputy constable ("headborough") of Messina and Dogberry's constant companion.
George Seacoal and Other Watchmen: 20s-30s. The words and actions of the watchmen make them seem more alert and intelligent than Dogberry and Verges. After all, they overhear Don John's plot with Borachio, report the misdeed, and provide testimony that convicts Borachio and ultimately Don John.
Sexton: 30s-40s. A public official who records the testimony in a trial.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Scripts are easily available for perusal at your nearest library as well as online. It is highly recommended that you be familiar with the script before coming to auditions, although not mandatory. Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday through Friday evenings from 6 or 7 pm until 9 or 10 pm and some weekend days as needed.
Auditions, rehearsals and performances are held at HPU’s Hawaii Loa Campus’ Paul and Vi Loo Theatre
45-045 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe (just off the Pali Highway)
For more information call Troy M. Apostol: 342-0469 or Janine Myers: 386-4753