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Trinity International University Presents "Much Ado About Nothing" March 28-29

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  • "Much Ado About Nothing," Shakespeare in jazz, features original compositions and arrangements by Trinity International University music students, with the comedy set in 1943 Italy.Stephanie Spino, designer

      "Much Ado About Nothing," Shakespeare in jazz, features original compositions and arrangements by Trinity International University music students, with the comedy set in 1943 Italy.Stephanie Spino, designer

 
Mary Guthrie

Trinity International University presents three performances of Shakespeare's comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, during the weekend of March 28 and 29. There will be two evening performances on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, at 7:30 p.m., and a Saturday afternoon matinee at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students. The performances will be presented in the ATO Chapel on the campus of Trinity International University, at 2065 Half Day Road in Deerfield.

Much Ado About Nothing, a comedy of love and deception, features two pairs of lovers. Young, romantic lovers Hero and Claudio are deceived into thinking that one has been unfaithful, and it nearly ends their relationship. Beatrice and Benedick, the wiser and wittier couple, engage in a "merry war" of pretending that they disdain love and each other. In the end, the truth is revealed and all is set right.

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Trinity's production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing takes an unusual twist when set in 1943 Italy with a jazz musical score, featuring original compositions and arrangements by Trinity music students.

Dr. Kristin Lindholm, Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Communication Department, has been directing student productions at Trinity International University since 1996. This is her 15th show at Trinity and her 4th Shakespeare production. After years of performing in theater productions as an actress, Kristin began directing at the recommendation of a theater professor at the University of Illinois, where she studied as an undergraduate and received both her MA and PhD degrees.

The cast includes freshmen through graduate students, from a variety of majors including biology/chemistry, communications, history, business, music, and Christian ministries. They have all performed in many plays, both at Trinity and in the community, and share a love for Shakespeare.

Tickets for each performance may be purchased at the door. The community is invited to come out and enjoy a great afternoon or evening of comedy theatre and jazz music!

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