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City of Fairfax Theatre Company



by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing is a timeless story of love interrupted. Join Hamlet Isn’t Dead on a musical vacation to the idyllic Italian countryside where the merrily warring Beatrice and Benedick match their wits and wills. Meanwhile, new couple Claudio and Hero are nearly wrenched asunder by the dastardly villain Don John and his henchmen. But as with all Shakespearean comedies, the truth will out…though not before being comically obstructed by the bumbling sheriff Dogberry.

Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare 

Led by Andy Shaw

Reader rehearsal

Monday, March 30 at 7pm


CFTC is excited to announce a new Virtual Play Reading series as a way to connect from our homes over the next several weeks. Anyone can participate in two different ways:
1) signup to read one of the roles in the play - no experience necessary!
2) we'll be streaming on our Facebook page if you want to listen in on the fun
We can't imagine spring without you! In these times, we need ways to gather and connect. Join us virtually as we continue enjoying storytelling together, whether you want to read a role or just enjoy the reading. This is also a great window into the early, more conceptual part of the theatrical process, where teams gather to read the play and form new and bold ideas. Following each reading, there will be a format for feedback and discussion.


Script: https://shakespeare.folger.edu/shakespeares-works/much-ado-about-nothing/entire-play/


Created by:   Kirsten Boyd
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Beatrice (FEMALE) 18-35

The niece of Leonato and cousin and confidant of Hero. Constantly engaged in a battle of wits with Benedick, reluctant to admit her true feelings of love towards him. Quick-witted and confident.

Molly Marsh

Benedick (MALE) 18-35

A soldier recently returned from the war. Charming and quick-witted if maybe a little over-confident.

Alex Yee

Don Pedro (MALE) 30+

The soldier-prince of Aragon and longtime friend of Leonato, just returned from war. Don Pedro enjoys action and entertainment.

David Porter

Claudio (MALE) 18-30

A young soldier who has recently returned from war who falls in love with Hero upon his return to Messina. He is a dear friend of Don Pedro and Benedick. Youthful, energetic, and easily manipulated.

Amro I

Hero (FEMALE) 18-30

The only daughter of Leonato, and cousin and constant companion of Beatrice, Hero quickly wins Claudio’s heart. Charming, emotional, and sweet.

Isabelle Baucum

Don John (ANY GENDER) 30+

The illegitimate half-sibling of Don Pedro. They are a malcontent and a villain.

Joshua Mccreary

Leonato (ANY GENDER) 40+

The governor of Messina, parent of Hero, and relative of Beatrice. They welcome and host on Pedro and the returning soldiers in their city.

Mike O'Dell

Antonio (ANY GENDER) 40+

The helpful and trusting sibling of Leonato. A loving and supportive relative

Michael Gerwin

Balthasar (ANY GENDER) 18+

A musician employed by Don Pedro. Loyal attendant to the Prince.

Eleanore Tapscott

Borachio (ANY GENDER) 18+

A drunken and unscrupulous follower of Don John. He will do almost anything for money.

Peter Marsh

Conrade (ANY GENDER) 18+

Another of Don John’s henchmen, Conrade is essentially Borachio's assistant.

Cordelia D.

Friar Francis (ANY GENDER) 30+

The priest who performs the marriage ceremony of Claudio and Hero, they believes in Hero’s innocence and is the driving force behind clearing her name.

Tory Baucum

Dogberry (ANY GENDER) 18+

A comic character, Dogberry is the constable who unwittingly uncovers the villainous plot against Claudio and Hero. Coarse, ignorant, dunderheaded, and likable, his blundering efforts contribute much humor to the play. Constantly speaking in malapropisms

Adam Ressa

Verges (ANY GENDER) 18+

The headborough of the region, Verges is as equally simple and comic as his companion, Dogberry.

Kara Faraldi

Margaret (FEMALE) 18+

Hero’s lady-in-waiting.

Bridget Tunstall

Ursula (FEMALE) 18+

Another of Hero’s ladies-in-waiting.

Heather Plank
Heather Plank
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