This summer Repercussion Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s tragic romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing as its touring Shakespeare-in-the-Park production! SITP 2017 features a talented cast of 11 actors of diverse origins, presenting a story that blends playfulness with pathos, coupled with a dynamic design that will engage English and French audiences of all ages.
“I am so excited to tackle this wonderful and challenging play as part of Repercussion Theatre’s 29th season of Shakespeare-in-the-Park. The play is labeled a comedy because it ends happily with a wedding—and because there are some very funny bits—but it’s a comedy with a tragedy in the middle. Most people know the play because of Beatrice and Benedick, two of Shakespeare’s most memorable comedic characters; however the story also centres on a younger pair, Hero and Claudio, whose love-at-first-sight notions of romance are seriously tested, to put it mildly. It makes for a play that is a real emotional rollercoaster, with dark lows and soaring highs, and ultimately, I think, a thoroughly satisfying theatrical experience.
As always, I’m excited to serve the play and ask a lot of questions; to explore Shakespeare’s very human characters, and to approach his world and his work with a balance of deference and defiance. For his time, Shakespeare was remarkably forward-thinking and open; but in 2017, it’s vital to question certain assumptions and see how far we can take his own ideas. I personally have a great deal of faith in his, and our, capacity for empathy and imagination.
– Amanda Kellock, Repercussion Theatre Artistic Director
Quincy Armorer (Benedick)
Holly Gauthier-Frankel (Beatrice)
Susan Glover (Leonata)
Matt Kabwe (Don Pedro)
Dean Fleming (Don John/Verges)
Sarah Segal-Lazar (Margaret)
Cara Krisman (Ursula)
Dakota Wellman (Claudio)
Tiernan Cornford (Hero)
Chip Chuipka (Dogberry/Balthazar)
Anurag Choudhury (Borachio/Friar)
Amanda Kellock – Director/Mise en scène
Sabrina Miller – Set Design/Décor
Sophie El-Assaad – Costume Design/Costumes
Jacynthe Lalonde – Lighting Design/Éclairages
Troy Slocum – Sound Design/Sonorisation
BEFORE THE SHOW
Repercussion Theatre presents a series of pre-show activities open to the public. These activities will happen at various parks throughout the tour, and will give audience members a chance to engage with the show in various ways. We’ve partnered with Geordie Productions to bring you two workshops for kids and teens (one downtown and one in the West Island), as well as with McGill University’s Early Modern Conversions Project to present a pre-show panel discussion. There will also be chances to get inside scoops from the director and other members of the creative team. Stay tuned for more details!
13: Baie d’Urfé
16: Park Extension
21: Canadian Centre for Architecture
27: Town of Mount Royal
1: McGill University
3: Mount Royal Cemetery
4: Ville Saint-Laurent
11: Morin Heights
15: Greenfield Park