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Posted on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 5:53 a.m.

A2CT holding auditions for 'Much Ado About Nothing'

By Staff

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre announces auditions for its production of Shakespeare’s comedy "Much Ado About Nothing," directed by Cassie Mann. Auditions are Saturday, November 12 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 at 7 p.m. (Callbacks, if needed, are Tuesday, November 15 at 7 p.m.) Auditions take place at the A2CT Rehearsal Studio, 322 W. Ann St.

Set in the American West of the late 19th century, this version of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy finds Miss Leona, the proprietress of Leona’s Saloon, welcoming back her friend Don Pedro after a skirmish on the plains. With Don Pedro is his estranged brother Don John, who carries a boulder-sized chip on his shoulder. John’s attempts to wreak havoc with the local townsfolk finds cowboys and bar maids, schoolmarms and school girls drawn into a convoluted compendium of mistaken identity, requited—and unrequited—love, trickery, and fun.

Auditions consist of cold readings from the script, movement games, and improv. Those auditioning need attend only one of the regular audition sessions, but should be available for callbacks. No preregistration is required. There are roles for 8-11 women ages 18-65 and 9-10 men ages 20-90, plus townspeople, barmaids, saloon dancers, cowboys, and musicians. (Some have a line or two, all will have “bits” and lots to do).

Production dates are January 26-29, 2012. For further information and character descriptions, visit the audition page of the A2CT website at or call the A2CT office at 734-971-2228.



Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 2:10 p.m.

Regarding the comment wondering about decades-old theater experience: brush up your Shakespeare and audition! A2CT welcomes anyone and everyone to audition. Besides, isn't acting like riding a bicycle?


Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 12:53 p.m.

Any veterans out there who have been involved with A2CT? How reasonable is it to consider auditioning if my stage experience is a couple decades old?