The familiar tale of Benedick, Beatrice, Hero, Leonato and fan favorite Dogberry, among many other iconic characters, brought to life the Shakespeare classic play Much Ado About Nothing this past week on the C Gym Theatre stage. Three incredible performances ensued, showcasing multitalented student actors and crew members who spent months in preparation for this special show.
Jenna Bobbora ’19 who played the character of Beatrice was thankful for the opportunity to learn and perform Shakespeare.
“Performing Shakespeare is magical,” said Bobbora. “As someone who’s obsessed with theatre, I absolutely love it. It is almost like learning a foreign language and it teaches you so much about acting because you have to think of ways to physically convey the story.” She went on to thank her directors for that opportunity, saying, “The knowledge and growth that one gains from learning classic theatre changes lives. I am so thankful to Mrs. Blades and Mrs. Westmoreland for giving us the chance to learn so much!”
From casting to final curtain, this show has been in the works since last school year. In that time, there were countless rehearsals, meetings, props created, costume fittings and memories made. The ones who were there through it all and made this wonderful show happen were directors Cindy Blades, Claire Westmoreland and the host of volunteer parents.
“We are so very proud of our students,” said Mrs. Blades. “Being a student of Shakespeare lends itself to a greater understanding of the English language, politics, society, human nature and historic literature. These high school students have portrayed, digested, comprehended and interpreted a great literary work in Much Ado About Nothing.”