Theatre Institute at Sage Presents Much Ado About Nothing

February 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm

More than 4,000 children - and others who vowed to never grow up -  were riveted to their seats for an unforgettable journey to Neverland during The Theatre Institute at Sage's magical season opener of Peter Pan. The season continues with William Shakespeare's rollicking comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. 

Featuring one of Shakespeare's most hilarious romantic duos, Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing is a play of comic twists and turns, rich wit and the triumph of the human condition in our never ending search for the perfect love.

In the “reverse-tradition” of Elizabethean companies, Much Ado About Nothing is an all-female production.  It is directed by associate professor David Baecker and will feature two Russell Sage College alums, Emily Curro, RSC '07 and Alexandra Tarantelli, RSC '07. Associate professor of music Michael Musial provides original song compositions and the creative team includes Duncan Morrison (sets), Bob Brisson (lights) and Jenn Dugan (costumes).

In addition to credits with NYSTI, Cohoes Music Hall and Park Playhouse, Curro has performed with the Shanghai Repertory Theatre (Private Lives) and toured with the Missoula Children’s Theatre.  Tarantelli’s local credits include NYSTI, Capital Repertory Theatre and Theatre Barn, plus Awesome 80’s Prom (Davenport Theatrical) and Dracula at the Jenny Wiley Theatre.

Curro appreciates the training and experience she gained at Sage. “I feel like I am able to really give back in such a unique way. Not only am I able to set an example and be a resource, but am able to learn right along side of the students as peers and actors."  

For Tarantelli, returning to Sage as a professional provides an opportunity share her theatrical experiences and to shape the future of other aspiring actors.    

Dates are February 11, 17, 18 at 8:00 p.m. and February 12 and 19 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.  Student matinees will be held February 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 28, 29, March 1 and 2 at 10:00 a.m.  All performances are in the Schacht Fine Arts Center on the Russell Sage College campus.  For tickets or other information, please call 244-2248. 

In addition to the production, on February 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Opalka Gallery, there will be a lecture and discussion titled "Much Ado about Much Ado: Exploring Shakespeare's Play and its Characters" by Dr. David Salomon, associate professor of English, joined by director David Baecker and members of the Much Ado About Nothing cast.  

Also, the Office of Student Life at Russell Sage College will be showing the 2010 film, Anonymous, which speculates on the authorship of Shakespeare's plays.  It will be shown in Bush Memorial Hall on February 12 at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free.
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 The Theatre Institute at Sage is under the umbrella of the Arts and Letters Department (CAPA) at Russell Sage College and is dedicated to providing quality live theatre and arts-in-education programming to Capital Region youth, teachers and residents and enhancing the educations of Sage students by providing opportunities through involvement as support staff and student teachers. More info at:  www.sage.edu/capa/tis