Next Friday afternoon

Much Ado About Youth Theatre in Nelson’s Gyro Park

There’s much to do with Shakespeare under the Kootenay leaves this summer!

There’s much to do with Shakespeare under the Kootenay leaves this summer!

Next Friday afternoon, August 23, Nelson Youth Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothing, the play that “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon chose to film as the followup to his global blockbuster. Shakespeare’s famous wedding comedy features the love match between confirmed bachelor Benedick and bachelorette Beatrice. Mistaken identities, a villainous plot and comedic cops are all part of this funny masquerade.

All-terrain and by donation, the full-length script is performed by a keen group of nine to 15-year-olds who have a remarkable grasp of the Shakespearean dialogue for their ages. The fifth annual Bard in the Bush production stars Zooey Bingham as Beatrice and Zorn Rose as Benedick, along with Tucker, Zoe, Sylvia, Solena, Sierra, Sebastian, Relmu, Peyton, Petra, Natasha, Margaret, Madeleine, Loki, Lachlan, Henry, Evan, Emma, Eirin, Betheny, Blaise and Andriana.

Showtime is 2:30 p.m. at “Ye Olde Quarry” in lower Gyro Park, just off the top of downtown Nelson’s Vernon Street. Audiences are encouraged to bring their own throne and feast to the open-air venue. Picnic blankets and treats are more than welcome. Wear footwear and clothing appropriate for a day hike. Like much of Nelson, the short entrance path up from downtown is sloped.

Excited to strut their stuff on the natural stage, Much Ado About Nothing’s talented youth cast awaits your entrance. The scene is set so don’t miss your cue.