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Published 3/23/2005

Much Ado About Nothing' to Appear At Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts, April 8-24

Comic wordplay, brilliant unmasking and colorful imagery will highlight Owens Community College's upcoming theatrical production as the Center for Fine and Performing Arts presents "Much Ado About Nothing" from April 8-24. The first production of the play written by William Shakespeare will occur at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8.

Originally produced in the 16th century and set in Messina, Italy, "Much Ado About Nothing" shares two incredible tales interwoven through one very interesting and dynamic plot. Telling stories of love and scorn, the play's sudden twists and turns, combined with suggestions of sorrow, treachery and violence, provide for a highly entertaining theatre experience.

"Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts is proud to showcase such an internationally recognized theatrical production," said Eric Wallack, Owens Chair for Fine and Performing Arts. '"Much Ado About Nothing' is a romantic comedy that will captivate audiences."

Serving as director for the play is Owens Adjunct Faculty member Cynthia Stroud. Her professional background includes previously overseeing the theatre department at the Performing Arts School of Metropolitan Toledo for four years. She obtained a bachelor's degree in theatre from the University of Toledo and a master's degree in theatre from Bowling Green State University. This is Stroud's fifth opportunity to direct one of Shakespeare's plays, having also been an actress in six productions.

The cast of "Much Ado About Nothing" is comprised of 25 individuals from Owens Community College, the University of Toledo, the Performing Arts School of Metropolitan Toledo and the local community.

Owens students involved in the production are Michael Johnson of Toledo as Don John (Blissfield H.S.), Dylan Kahle of Toledo as George Seacoal (Bowsher H.S.), Anthony Baird of Perrysburg as Balthasar (Perrysburg H.S.), John Sweney of Perrysburg as Friar Francis (Perrysburg H.S.), Bruce Pryor of Toledo as Sexton Francis Seacoal (Canton McKinley H.S.), Ian Bowen of Bowling Green as Hugh Otecake (Proctor Academy), Ryan Hall of Toledo as Second Watch (Central Catholic H.S.), Luke Shaffer of Pemberville as the Male Understudy (Eastwood H.S.), Sarah Stephens of Toledo as Beatrice (Performing Arts School of Metropolitan Toledo), Renee Harrington of Oregon as Antonia (Clay H.S.), Kelly Rash of Toledo as Ursula (Notre Dame Academy), Abigail Noonan of Toledo as Conrade (Toledo Christian H.S.), Tamra Lemble of Toledo as Verges (Bowsher H.S.), Amy Butler of Toledo as a Wedding Guest, Masquerade Guest and Funeral Mourner (Home School), Jade Frybarger of Toledo as a Wedding Guest, Masquerade Guest and Funeral Mourner (Bowsher H.S.), and Alysia Kozbial of Maumee as a Wedding Guest, Masquerade Guest, Funeral Mourner, and a Female Understudy (Maumee H.S.).

The show will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from April 8-24. Tickets are $12 for the public, senior citizens and Owens employees, and $10 for students. To purchase tickets visit www.stagetix.com or contact the College's Box Office. For more information about the event, contact the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS (2787).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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