Much Ado About Nothing to take center stage at Wheaton’s Memorial Park

CONTACT: Gina Catalano
Wheaton Park District


August 25 & 26, 2017

Wheaton, Ill.— Every August since 2013, the Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College Arena Theater work together to bring the iconic works of William Shakespeare to life. For two nights, the Memorial Park band shell will undergo a transformation that will transport spectators to Messina, Italy where this year’s play, Much Ado about Nothing, is set.

The Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College’s Much Ado about Nothing will be performed Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26 at Memorial Park (208 W. Union Ave). Seating opens at 6 P.M. and the performance starts at 7 P.M. Limited bench seating is available. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Onsite concessions will be available, with the proceeds benefiting the DuPage County Historical Museum. The event is free to the public. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date is scheduled for Sunday, August 27th.

Much Ado about Nothing combines a little of what everyone loves about Shakespearian plays – comedy, love, honor, and politics. The story’s light-hearted humor interspersed with heartfelt moments strikes the perfect balance between hilarity and gravity and is sure to enthrall event-goers.

This year, there will be a short puppet show of Much Ado before the play begins. Kids who love puppets and adults who want a short primer on the plot and characters will want to be on their blankets and benches when the curtain rises.This year’s production will once again include the very wonderful and unique music that Maggie Ritchie and her band bring.

Since its start, Wheaton’s Shakespeare in the Park has brought together thousands of area residents for a professional-quality production.

The performance brings Wheaton College alums-turned-professional actors from across the country and pairs them with current students to star in the two-day performance. The high caliber of acting, lighting, and sound blend for a unique, must-see show for the whole family.

“There’s something so wonderful about Shakespeare outdoors,” said Wheaton College Arena Theater Production Manager and Technical Director Andy Mangin. “As the night sky dims and the stage lights brighten, we hope to transport the audience a little. We hope to tell a story about love and reconciliation. And it’s funny and musical and crazy. This year it’s a little bit 80s. I think it will be different than any Much Ado anyone has seen. We really see this as such a treat to be able to do it and have audiences come and share this wonderful time with us.”

Theatergoers also play an important role in the production by helping to underwrite production costs through a Crowdrise campaign. Donors of $25 or more will receive a limited-edition t-shirt. Donations can be made at Any donations made exceeding the production costs will be donated to the DuPage County Historical Museum, a facility of the Wheaton Park District.

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