Much Ado About Nothing: Background and a Chat With Ms. Ramisch About the Fall PlayWe chat with Ms. Ramisch, sponsor of Drama Club, about this year's fall play.
By: Tom Haubrich, Sibley Scribe
This fall, Sibley will present a Shakespeare comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. It is considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, though it deals with some heavy topics such as honor and shame. It was most likely written in the fall of 1598.
We talked with director and Drama Club sponsor Erica Ramisch about the casting and why she wanted to do this particular play. Staffer Tom Haubrich talked with her, and some exerpts of the interview follow.
Tom Haubrich: How many people audition for the fall play?
Erica Ramisch: We have anywhere between 50 and 75 show up for auditions. The cast for this play is about 20 people, but many others participate in tech or other things like that.
TH: Tell us about Much Ado About Nothing. Is it the full play?
ER: No, I’ve cut some things out. Mainly to streamline the story and consolidate some of the characters. I’m changing the genders of some characters. There are three stories that are going on: the story of Hero and Claudio who are in love ; Beatrice and Benedict who hate each other but eventually fall in love through deception ; and the story of Dogberry, the constable, and his finding out about the plot of Hero. It’s considered a comedy, so it will be funny.
TH: What about John the Bastard?
ER: That storyline is considered part of Hero and Claudio’s storyline, but he’s still going to be there. He’s an integral part of the story.
Much Ado About Nothing will be playing in the Sibley Auditorium on Thursday through Saturday, November 14-16. Showtimes Thursday and Friday are 7:30, and Saturday is 2:30.