Saint Joseph's College Columbian Players to Put Twist on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"

October 24, 2012

The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph's College will present Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" on November 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 pm CDT in the Evans Arts and Science Building Theatre on the SJC campus. Admission is $5.00 for all tickets.

"Much Ado About Nothing" is one of William Shakespeare's best known comedies. It tells the story of two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero. This production removes the play from Elizabethan England, setting it in the American Southwest in the 1890's when a volunteer regiment of soldiers returns home from the Spanish American War.

"We have a good cast with a nice combination of new talent and old hands who are handling the challenges of doing Shakespeare very well," said Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts John Rahe. "This is one of the Bard's best comedies, and this cast has worked hard to bring out the funny moments as well as the touching ones."

The cast includes: freshman Biology major Randy Leik of Dayton, Ohio as Don Pedro; sophomore Biology major Daniel Amador of Highland, Ind. as Don John; freshman Psychology major Shannon Kiley of Michigan City, Ind. as Hero; senior Biology-Chemistry major Joe Karpiak of Lemont, Ill. as Leonato; sophomore Theatre Arts major Samantha Schroeder of Indianapolis, Ind. as Ursula; sophomore A.J. Frigo of Monon, Ind. as Claudio; senior Business Administration major Jessie Ruisard of Valparaiso, Ind. As Messenger; sophomore History major Peter Conerty of Indianapolis, Ind. as Friar Francis; junior Religion/Philosophy and English-Creative Writing major Mike Sosnowski of Madison, Ind. as Conrad; senior Biology major Alan Austin of Greenville, Ind. as Dogberry; junior English major Jessica Ruschke of Lawrenceburg, Ind. as Beatrice; sophomore Psychology major Megan Hetzel of Valparaiso, Ind. as Verges; junior Computer Science and Religion/Philosophy major Erik Bensen of Hammond, Ind. as Balthasar; freshman English-Creative Writing major Jefferson Rollings of Avon, Ind. as Antonio; junior Mass Communication major Alycia Tassone of Roselawn, Ind. as Margaret; senior Biology major Ken Scofield of Roselawn, Ind. as Borachio; and sophomore Theatre major Mark Rouse of Remington, Ind. as Benedick.

The Members of the Watch will be played by freshman Angel Zenner, of Remington, Ind; sophomore Music Education major Emily Miles of Rensselaer, Ind; freshman Elementary Education major Julie Pater of Berwyn, Ill; and freshman Wildlife Biology major Cassie Eaton of Valparaiso, Ind.

Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 34 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

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