February 4-26, 2011
Fri & Sat Nights at 8pm, Sun Feb 13 & 20 at 2pm

Much Ado About Nothing, first published in 1600, weaves together two stories: the benevolent luring of Beatrice and Benedick into mutual declarations of love and the villainous luring of Claudio into the mistaken belief that Hero is unchaste. By deftly intertwining the two plots, Much Ado About Nothing mingles lightheartedness with a certain haunting sadness.

Hero’s wedding dress
Designed by: Janessa Jayne Styck
Much Ado About Nothing

Set in 1598 Sicily, the costume designs for Much Ado About Nothing follow the popular fashion of the day. Here we see Hero’s wedding dress, an example of female dress for public occasion. This is shown mostly in the closed neckline. The dress is made of a light golden brown Dupioni silk with velvet filigree embroidered overlay and a champagne-colored underskirt. Italy was the crossroads between Eastern Europe and the Far East. During this time of exploration, merchants were exposing Italians to wonders from both ends of the trade route: such lush textiles became representative of Italy. The white wedding dress as we know it today did not come into vogue until the Victorian period over two hundred years later. Therefore, despite the presence of color, ensemble was made to display the bride in appropriate grandeur. The ensemble is then able to remain accessible to the modern eye while staying historically accurate. The ensemble is supported by a Spanish Shape Farthingale and Tudor Style corset. The farthingale is a hoop-skirt-like garment which fans out the skirt. Unlike the cylindrical shaped English or wheel farthingale of the period, the Spanish Farthingale is cone-shaped. The Tudor style corset is characterized by its natural waist line and pointed front panel, both of which are meant to cinch in the waist and elongate the appearance of the torso. The ensemble is trimmed to emphasize the silhouette and line that were of fashion. Accents at the armscyes and shoulders flare out to create the appearance of broad shoulders. This is done to contrast the waist-line, which is also trimmed to highlight its small circumference. Two lines of trim run vertically along both sides of the buttons, a commonly used technique to elongate the appearance of the torso. Lastly, the neckline fans up and out in a final display of textile grandeur.

 



CAST

Lorrie Fargo.............................Beatrice
Daniel Wood..........................Benedick
Rosalynn Le.................................Hero
Colin Madison...........................Claudio
Josh Krupke.........................Don Pedro
Mok Moser............Leonato/First Watch
Matthew Gilbert........Don John/Dogberry
Jalyn Green..............Balthaszar/Verges
Kris Hambrick.................Ursela/Conrad
Peter Nolte..........Borachio/Friar Francis
Erica Neils..................Margaret/Sexton
John Clark.........Antonio/Second Watch
James Lynch......................Messenger

PRODUCTION TEAM
Corey McDaniel........................Director
Kathryn Mesaros...........Stage Manager
Janessa Styck..........Costume Designer
Mark Chenovick...........Set Designer/TD
Jen Klos................Production Manager





 

 



 
   

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