April 20th – May 5th, 2018 Sponsored by Tom & Debra Strange by William Shakespeare Directed by Anne Kelly Tromsness One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Much Ado centers on the foibles of two pairs of lovers, Beatrice and Benedick and Claudio and Hero. Obstacles revolve around the union of two young lovers Claudio and Hero, but the real main event is the hilarious and biting love-hate relationship of Beatrice and Benedick, featuring the “merry war” of the sexes. Benedick thinks he hates Beatrice, but really loves her. Beatrice thinks she hates Benedick, but really loves him. The first act is pure delight as Beatrice and Benedick’s friends and family conspire to get the two together, and the second act finds them united in trying to clear the names of Claudio and Hero, who have been slandered by a jealous rival.