Hopewell Valley Central High School Performing Arts is thrilled to be back on their main stage as they put a new spin on Shakespeare’s acclaimed comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, with performances on November 19 and 20 at 7pm at CHS Performing Arts Center.
Set after World War II, the adaptation takes place in a jazz club in Little Italy, New York. Similar to the original 1598 play, the comedy is a battle of wills and wits, particularly between Beatrice and Benedick, both of whom claim they will never love or marry; and the youthful, romantic innocence of Claudio and Hero. The 1940s music is romantic and entertaining, lending a nostalgic backdrop to the four lovers as they stumble through their matchmaking follies.
Led by HVCHS’s director of theater, Katie Rochon, and a cast of talented performing arts students, Hopewell Valley Thespians receive numerous awards every year. Last year’s virtual fall play, The Importance of Being Earnest earned 11 nominations from the Montclair Theatre Night “Foxy Awards”. All of the nominations were received in the category of Virtual Play with Cinematic Editing. Nominations were received for: Best Period Costuming (Jordan Brennan), Best Actor, Caleb Briggs (Jack), Elliot Block (Algernon), Brad Modzelewski (Jack), Cameron Scott (Algernon); Best Actress, Olivia Levin (Cecily), Sachi Siyal (Gwendolyn), Sophia Parsons (Lady Bracknell), Molly Higgins (Cecily). Both casts were nominated for best performance by an ensemble and overall best production, and won the Foxy award for best ensemble performance of a virtual production.
All performances will be live on stage in the Performing Arts Center at Hopewell Valley Central High School 259 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington, and following all CDC and HVRSD guidelines.
Show times are Friday, November 19 and Saturday November 20 at 7pm only. Tickets are going on sale Friday, November 5, 2021 at www.showtix4u.com. $15 tickets / $10 students and seniors. CDC guidelines and mask requirements inside of the Performing Arts Center. Additional information can be found through the MTPA Facebook or Instagram pages.
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