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Limestone Theatre to Present "Much Ado About Nothing"
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Matthew Ferguson and Sylvia Queener
Limestone College Theatre will present William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing November 11-13 in the Limestone Center Theatre (130 Leadmine Road). Curtain time each evening is 7:30 p.m.

This production is sure to prove popular, so reservations are highly encouraged. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors (65-years-old and older) and students with a valid school identification. Limestone students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with college identification. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door or can be reserved at www.showtix4u.com .

Much Ado explores the trials and tribulations of Beatrice and Benedick who have declared a "merry war" on each other and on love itself. Unlike Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado's primary lovers are wiser and more self aware. Though contrasted with the young, impetuous, and sometimes destructive love of Claudio and Hero, Beatrice and Benedick must fight the inevitable cynicism that comes with age and find a way to love.

Set in Messina, Sicily, the play begins with the return of Don Pedro, prince of Aragon, from battle. He is accompanied by Lord Benedick, widely known for being the life of the party and for hating anything to do with love. Don Pedro is also accompanied by Count Claudio, a young man who now that the battle is done, has fallen madly in love with Hero (the young daughter of Leonato, governor of Messina). Leonato's niece, Beatrice, has also sworn off love and it quickly becomes the goal of all to get Beatrice and Benedick together even if it means using deception and subterfuge. All is further complicated by the villainous Don John, illegitimate brother of Don Pedro, who will stop at nothing to split up the young lovers and destroy his brother.

The cast consists of:
Matthew Ferguson (Benedick); Leesville
Sylvia Queener (Beatrice); Penn Yan, NY
Matt Smith (Claudio); Myrtle Beach, SC
Ashley Olson (Hero); Bluffton
Cynthia Tate (Margaret); Gaffney
Dale Lee (Don Pedro); Blacksburg
Danielle St. Just (Ursula); Kings Mountain, NC
Evan Goetz (Don John); Greenville
Jonathan Coates (Borrachio); Gaffney
Jenna Alford (Conrad); Gaffney
Bryan Long (Dogberry); Cowpens
Jorge Donoso (Balthazar); Greenville
Joey Mayberry (Leonato); Clover
Damon Green (Friar Francis); Greenville
Chris Moore (Otecake); Blythewood

The director is Dr. Timothy Baxter-Ferguson, Director of Theatre at Limestone, and the Production Stage Manager is Lauren Finney of Rock Hill.