Here’s a little sampling of what you would have seen, had you seen Urban Impact Shakes’ neo-folk inspired production of Much Ado About Nothing. Since these pictures are not posed (they’re from our preview performance) they may be a little out-of-focus or oddly angled. But the cool part is- every single one of these moments happened. Hope you like the show! The youngest cast member is 13, the oldest (besides Leonato, who was played by an adult) is 19.
The guys, travelling from Verona, before they start the intro song.
Beatrice and Benedick’s first skirmish of wit.
Benedick despising Claudio for being in love.
Claudio laughs at the Prince and Benedick. (Look in the background- Borachio is hiding in the tree!)
Leonato gets everyone ready for the masquerade.
Beatrice makes fun of a very well-disguised Benedick.
Conrade and Borachio watch as Don John tricks Claudio into thinking that the Prince is wooing Hero for himself- not to give her to Claudio.
Beatrice and the Prince make fun of Claudio for being so melancholy.
Leonato gives Hero to marry Claudio.
Borachio sits in the audience after successfully sharing his plan to break up Claudio and Hero’s wedding.
The Prince, Leonato, and Claudio trick Benedick (who is unsuccessfully trying to hide)
Margaret, Ursula, and Hero trick Beatrice (in the trunk) into loving Benedick.
Don John tells Claudio and the Prince that Hero is unfaithful.
Dogberry instructs the Watchmen on how to keep watch.
The Watchmen overhear Borachio bragging to Conrade.
Margaret, Hero, and Beatrice get ready for Hero’s wedding.
Leonato walks Hero down the aisle. Don John smirks because he knows what’s coming.
The processional stops when the question, “Do you come to marry this woman?” is answered with, “No.”
Claudio scorns Hero at the wedding.
Ursula comforts Hero as the Prince accuses her.
The Prince accuses Hero.
The Friar watches as the wedding crumbles.
Benedick and Beatrice confess their love for each other.
The Watchmen and Dogberry accuse Borachio of slandering Hero and lying to Claudio.
Borachio confesses that he tricked the Prince and Claudio.
The Watchmen and Dogberry sing at Hero’s funeral.
Benedick asks Leonato for Beatrice’s hand as they prepare for another wedding.
Margaret plays the wedding processional.
Claudio and Hero (who is not dead!) get married for real this time.
Benedick proposes to Beatrice.
She turns him down.
Beatrice proposes to Benedick.
He turns her down.
They get over it.
Dogberry and the Watchmen dance everybody through the end of the show.