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RED BANK PATCH: Just A Little 'Much Ado About Nothing" in Red Bank

by Pat McDaniel

In Red Bank’s Two River Theater’s high school program, students stage an abridged version of Shakespeare

RED BANK, N.J. —This is the last weekend to see Two River Theater’s ninth season of A Little Shakespeare: “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare and adapted and directed by Rakesh Palisetty.

As one of Two River’s most popular programs, A Little Shakespeare will run through Sunday, May 15, as a 75-minute abridged version of “Much Ado About Nothing”, one of Shakespeare comedies, performed and supported backstage by local high school students and directed and designed by theater professionals.

The cast is featuring : Jess Ardolina (Margaret) from Middletown High School North; Matte Black (Leonato) from Rumson-Fair Haven High School; Darrion Brown (Benedick) from MCVTS Theatre Conservatory; Cheyenne Busch (Beatrice) from MCVTS Theatre Conservatory; Keaton DiBenedetto (Don Pedro) from Red Bank Regional High School; Jordyn Javaruski (Conrade) from Middletown High School North; Joseph McKenzie (Claudio) from MCVTS Theatre Conservatory; Melody Membreno (Messenger/Watchman/Friar) from Voyagers Community School; Elly O’Scanlon (Borachio) from Red Bank Regional High School; Dylan Pitanza (Don John) from Red Bank Regional High School; Dominick Sena (Antonio) from Red Bank Regional High School, and Campbell Jane Smith (Hero) from Howell High School.

The creative team includes: Director/Adaptor Rekesh Palisetty, Associate Director/Adaptor Diana Fathi, Scenic Designer Ana Novačić, Costume Designer Lukas Wassman, Lighting Designer Emma Deane, Sound Designer Carsen Joenk, Properties Designer Jessica Parks, Stage Manager Emily Todt, Directing Assistant Ryan Lindner, Assistant Stage Managers Isabella Como and Easy Jack Portman.

Single tickets are on sale through the website or call 732-345-1400. The price is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

A Little Shakespeare introduces the works of Shakespeare to hundreds of youth and adults each year.

Please see the website for health and safety protocols. Patrons who do not comply with these procedures will be denied entry and may contact the Two River Theater Box Office for a full refund.