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Returning triumphant from war, Prince Don Pedro and his cohorts Claudio and Benedick pay a visit to Messina and the home Leonato. Thoughts of war turn to love and Leonato’s daughter Hero is soon betrothed to Claudio.

Happy with their lot, Claudio and Hero, together with Don Pedro and Leonato, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. This happy scene is marred by the plotting of Don John, the Prince’s brother and enemy.

 

Cast

Alison Rambo as Margaret and Conrad

Alison Rambo as Margaret and Conrad

Asa Panarelli as Claudio

Asa Panarelli as Claudio

Brian Duffy as Antonio

Brian Duffy as Antonio

Carolyn Norton as Don Pedro

Carolyn Norton as Don Pedro

Cathy Stingley as Verges and a Gentlewoman

Cathy Stingley as Verges and a Gentlewoman

Jane Parrish as orchestra: basson and recorder

Jane Parrish as orchestra: basson and recorder

Kathleen Gustafson as Don John and a Watchman

Kathleen Gustafson as Don John and a Watchman

Katia Holmes as Hero

Katia Holmes as Hero

Lydia Thomas as Ursula and Borachio

Lydia Thomas as Ursula and Borachio

Olivia Glasman as Messenger

Olivia Glasman as Messenger

Peter Norton as Leonato

Peter Norton as Leonato

Peter Sheppard as Dogberry

Peter Sheppard as Dogberry

Rob Karnos as Friar Francis

Rob Karnos as Friar Francis

Stephanie Long as Beatrice

Stephanie Long as Beatrice

Sue Biggs as Music Directer and Orchestra: Violin and REcorder

Sue Biggs as Music Directer and Orchestra: Violin and REcorder

Thomas Custer as Benedick

Thomas Custer as Benedick

Van Hawkins-Wythe as Balthasar

Van Hawkins-Wythe as Balthasar

Virginia Cuffe as Orchestra: Flute and REcorder

Virginia Cuffe as Orchestra: Flute and REcorder