Much Ado About Everything
Darrow Theater Workshop brings Shakespeare to life
On November 10 and 11, 2017, the Darrow Theater Workshop staged a dazzling production of William Shakespeare's classic comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing." The play featured brilliant performances, stunning costumes, and gorgeous staging. But the historic milestone for the production was the new addition of a stage extension, which allowed the cast to get much closer to the audience, and provided a three-dimensional aspect to the performance.
“ 'Can we please do a comedy next year Miss Pytleski?' was the question I heard most frequently during last year’s Antigone rehearsals," said Jennifer Pytleski, Director of Performing Arts. "It made me smile and so I dreamed on it, and thus this year’s selection started to fill my thoughts."
Sharing her vision with Joshua Brown, design director and production manager, the ensemble began designing a set that would invite the audience to be a part of the world taking place on stage. They were aided by John Villinski and his Hands-to-Work carpentry crew, who removed several front rows of seating in the theater and built a stage extension that allowed the performers to get significantly closer to the audience.
"A wonderful joy could be felt from the first rehearsal and I watched the ensemble dedicate themselves to understanding the play, as well as how it would be received by our audience," Pytleski said. "It was a privilege to direct this talented and thoughtful group of students, many of whom started with me four years ago. Their work and wonder for all that this craft can inspire makes me think of Shakespeare’s line, 'We are such stuff as dreams are made on,' and this group truly is."
You can see hundreds of photos from the play on Flickr.