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UMW Hosts “Much Ado About Nothing” by Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

October 21, 2021

The University of Montana Western is pleased to present "Much Ado About Nothing" by Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, on Tuesday, November 2, at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Beier Auditorium. The show is the second production in this year's Performing Arts Series, sponsored by Dillon’s Bank of Commerce.

Directed by Melanie Keller for the 29th season of Shakespeare in the Schools, the company’s educational outreach tour, the play will be presented in 47 different communities this fall throughout Montana and northern Wyoming.

“Much ado about nothing” means a great deal of fuss over a thing of little importance, and in Shakespeare’s comedy this insignificant little thing is . . . love! Miscommunications and secrets, hidden feelings and identities, puffed-up vanity and even malicious lies contribute to the characters’ confusions over who adores whom, who’s telling the truth, and whose loves and friendships are genuine. Much Ado is one of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed plays.

Both of the performances will be followed by talk-back sessions with the actors to share more in-depth information about the play with the audience.

Tickets, available at the door, are $10 general and $5 youth. School groups are invited to attend the matinee performance at $2 per seat. Montana Western students are admitted free of charge, thanks to the support of ASUMW/Student Senate.

For more information, please contact Montana Western Professor of Fine Arts and Education, Dr. Judy Ulrich: [email protected] or 406-683-7422.