Little City Players to stage Shakespeare's 'Much Ado' April 4-6

VERGENNES — Little City Players, the community theater group based at the historic Vergennes Opera House, will be presenting its first-ever production of a work by William Shakespeare April 4-6.

Director Jeffrey Fox of Charlotte sets “Much Ado” in the Hamptons of today. The strains of jazz fill the air (provided by local musicians — and cast members — Mark and François Bouchett) as the fun-loving, confirmed bachelor Benedick (Glen Eastman) returns home from Wall Street to be met by the smart, headstrong Beatrice (Claire Lawson) — always ready to do combat with a “merry war” of witty insults.

Their love story is set against a darker one of young love between Claudio (Christopher Castillo) and Hero (Sarah DeBouter), threatened by the machinations of the malicious Dawn Jon (Sue Fox). At once passionate, sexy and bitingly funny, “Much Ado” is filled with some of the most brilliant comedic repartee ever written. See why many call “Much Ado” the precursor to the screwball comedy.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Tickets cost $12 and $10 (students and seniors), and can be purchased at the door or from Classic Stitching in Vergennes.

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