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Arts & Entertainment Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in Bryson City

Beatrice and Benedick (Megan and Christopher Eberly) bicker with each other in the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre’s staging of “Much Ado About Nothing.” The show will be at 7:30 p.m. May 12 through 15, in Bryson City, in Swain County.While a group of friends tries to bring one couple together, a nasty villain plots to drive another couple apart.

“Much Ado About Nothing” is coming to Bryson City, in Swain County. William Shakespeare’s popular comedy of misunderstandings and mistaken identity will be on the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre stage, at 7:30 p.m. from May 12 through 15.

The story focuses on the “too wise to woo peaceably” Beatrice and Benedick, both of whom swear they will never marry.

But their friends know they are perfect for each other. Through a series of practical jokes, they trick the two into falling in love.

Meanwhile, Benedick’s friend Claudio has fallen for the fair young hero. The evil Don John plans to take advantage of this, destroying their upcoming marriage as revenge on the whole group. Who stands in his way?

The show features a cast of seasoned performers and newcomers from Jackson and Swain counties. The production is an updated version on the classic tale, performed in Shakespeare’s original language — but with a few surprises along the way.

Also, in tribute to the way plays were performed in Shakespeare’s day, audience members have the option of purchasing a “deluxe” ticket that allows them to sit on the stage, right next to the actors.

Regular tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to 18, and children under 6 are free. The deluxe ticket upgrade is an additional $3 and includes coupons for free concessions — but the theater requests that children not be seated on the stage.

For information, call (828)736-4861.


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