Shakespeare in the Park

Much Ado About Nothing Goes Virtual

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Goodly Creatures Theatre, a traveling troupe based in Elgin, performs this year’s play, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Originally scheduled for the Island Park stage on July 18, this play has moved to the virtual stage due to COVID-19 restrictions. Katrina Syrris, founder and artistic director of Goodly Creatures, is an alumnae of Shakespeare in the Park’s beloved theater company, the Midsummer Theater Troupe. She adapted this play to the Zoom era so that the show could go on this year.

The Bard’s beloved comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” tells the story of Benedick and Beatrice, a pair of sworn enemies, constantly engaged in a “merry war” designed to insult and berate one another. A plot then unfolds among their close friends and spectators to trick the two into confessing their love for each other. Meanwhile, Claudio, a soldier of the prince Don Pedro, is fooled into believing that his beloved Hero has been unfaithful to him. Hilarity ensues, as a story of rumors, deception, and mistaken identity unfolds, and the most unlikely pairs join forces to set things right.

The family-friendly performance runs 90 minutes and is filled with humor enhanced by film techniques. The play can be watched from the screen above and from the playlists of the CityofGenevaIL YouTube channel from July 18 through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

For more information, call 630-938-4530 or email the City’s Cultural Arts Commission.

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