It’s hot outside, and it’s close to the end of summer vacation, so it makes sense to hie on down to ye olde library for a bit of the bard.
“Much Ado About Nothing,” a comedy by William Shakespeare, will be performed by the Tennessee Stage Company, under the direction of Tom Parkhill, at the Blount County Public Library on Monday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. The play will be performed indoors for your air-conditioned comfort – a luxury not available to play-goers during the bard’s lifetime.
The Shakespeare at the Library performance is sponsored by the Blount County Friends of the Library.
“Much Ado About Nothing,” this most perfect of romantic comedies centers on Shakespeare’s wittiest lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, two people determined to avoid the foolishness of love at all costs!
Leonato, a respectable nobleman of the Italian town of Messina, has two lovely daughters, Hero and Beatrice. Hero falls in love with a soldier, Claudio, while Beatrice resumes her long-time bickering with another soldier acquaintance, Benedick. Hero and Claudio plan to be married and, while passing time during the week prior to the wedding, they determine to help Beatrice and Benedick discover that they are truly meant for each other. But then Don John creates a devilish plot to trick Claudio into believing that Hero has betrayed him, so he abandons Hero at the altar. By the time Claudio discovers that Hero is innocent, he believes that Hero is dead, he mourns for her and, in his grief, agrees to marry her cousin—who, to Claudio’s delight, actually turns out to be Hero. With so much joy abounding, Benedick realizes that he loves his former war of wits antagonist, Hero, and asks her to marry him. When she agrees, both couples prepare for a double wedding.
The Tennessee Stage Company, since 1989, is dedicated to providing quality entertainment that is affordable and accessible to all. TSC also performs “Much Ado” and “Titus Andronicus” on alternating nights during weekends at Market Square. According to Parkhill, the cast enjoy their annual appearance at the Blount County Public Library where they perform to an appreciative audience each year.
Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.