Love, deception, mistaken identity, and throw in a masquerade ball. It may sound like a Lifetime movie, but it’s the captivating components of “Much Ado About Nothing,” William Shakespeare’s most famous comedy. Featuring students from Western Connecticut State University’s (WCSU) theatre arts department, the play will come alive outside on the Ives Concert Park stage, located on the Westside campus of WCSU in Danbury. The show is part of the Fine Art and Family Series. Four performances will be staged Aug. 16-18.
Director Anthony Cochrane, an adjunct theatre arts professor at WCSU and former actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London has an intimate yet lively production planned. “The atmosphere is that of a light comedy interspersed with a magical musical box feel,” said Cochrane. “I’m very excited to remount the production. There were things about the original I’d like to improve on. This is an opportunity that rarely happens in theatre.”