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Hampshire Regional to perform 'Much Ado About Nothing'

  • Collin Touchette as Borachio, left, and Jeremy Routhier as Don John rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Collin Touchette as Borachio, left, and Jeremy Routhier as Don John rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.
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  • Callum LaFrance as Claudio and Zoe Baghdoyan as Hero rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.JERREY ROBERTS

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  • Collin Touchette as Borachio, from left, Sarah Rogers as Conrad and Jeremy Routhier as Don John rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing."  The show is being performed this weekend.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Collin Touchette as Borachio, from left, Sarah Rogers as Conrad and Jeremy Routhier as Don John rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing." The show is being performed this weekend.
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  • Lizzy Rausch as Beatrice rehearses for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Lizzy Rausch as Beatrice rehearses for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.
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  • Callum LaFrance as Claudio and Lizzy Rausch as Beatrice rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" which is planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.<br/>.JERREY ROBERTS

    Callum LaFrance as Claudio and Lizzy Rausch as Beatrice rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" which is planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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  • Lizzy Rausch as Beatrice, from left, Callum LaFrance as Claudio and Zoe Baghdoyan as Hero rehearse for the upcoming production of "Much Ado About Nothing" at  Hampshire Regional High School.<br/>.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Lizzy Rausch as Beatrice, from left, Callum LaFrance as Claudio and Zoe Baghdoyan as Hero rehearse for the upcoming production of "Much Ado About Nothing" at Hampshire Regional High School.
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  • Else Schlerman as Balthasar, left, and Alyssa Pierce as Don Pedro rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS<br/>

    Else Schlerman as Balthasar, left, and Alyssa Pierce as Don Pedro rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.
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  • Else Schlerman as Balthasar rehearses for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Else Schlerman as Balthasar rehearses for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.
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  • Callum LaFrance as Claudio rehearses for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Callum LaFrance as Claudio rehearses for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.
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  • Joey Allen as Verges, from left, Hannah Laprade as Dogberry, Corrina Gross as Second Watchman, Emily Reardon as First Watchman and Rose Carragher as Third Watchman rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Joey Allen as Verges, from left, Hannah Laprade as Dogberry, Corrina Gross as Second Watchman, Emily Reardon as First Watchman and Rose Carragher as Third Watchman rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.
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  • Hannah Laprade as Dogberry, left, and Corrina Gross as Second Watchman rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Hannah Laprade as Dogberry, left, and Corrina Gross as Second Watchman rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.
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  • Collin Touchette as Borachio, left, and Jeremy Routhier as Don John rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Callum LaFrance as Claudio and Zoe Baghdoyan as Hero rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Collin Touchette as Borachio, from left, Sarah Rogers as Conrad and Jeremy Routhier as Don John rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing."  The show is being performed this weekend.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Lizzy Rausch as Beatrice rehearses for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Callum LaFrance as Claudio and Lizzy Rausch as Beatrice rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" which is planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.<br/>.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Lizzy Rausch as Beatrice, from left, Callum LaFrance as Claudio and Zoe Baghdoyan as Hero rehearse for the upcoming production of "Much Ado About Nothing" at  Hampshire Regional High School.<br/>.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Else Schlerman as Balthasar, left, and Alyssa Pierce as Don Pedro rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS<br/>
  • Else Schlerman as Balthasar rehearses for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Callum LaFrance as Claudio rehearses for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Joey Allen as Verges, from left, Hannah Laprade as Dogberry, Corrina Gross as Second Watchman, Emily Reardon as First Watchman and Rose Carragher as Third Watchman rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Hannah Laprade as Dogberry, left, and Corrina Gross as Second Watchman rehearse for Hampshire Regional High School's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

— The Hampshire Regional High School Drama Company will take audiences back to 17th century Sicily this weekend when it performs “Much Ado About Nothing.”

The comedy will break a five-year streak where the company did not take on the works of William Shakespeare, said Michael Braidman, an English teacher at the high school and director of the drama company.

“I wanted to do Shakespeare because we hadn’t done it in quite a while and it is kind of the gold standard for drama,” he said. “I chose ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ because it’s a good, straightforward story, compared to some of Shakespeare’s work, and it has a nice two-dimensional love story.”

The classic comedy follows the stories of two couples and the efforts of the villainous Don John to spoil their romances.

Braidman said that being an English teacher gives him an advantage when he is directing a Shakespearian play.

“The main challenge when doing Shakespeare is understanding the language,” he said. “I have experience teaching Shakespeare in class, so I can really help the students understand what their lines mean. We spent the first week or two just going over the script.”

For seven weeks, over 40 students in grades eight through 12 have been preparing for the performance. That includes actors, actresses, stage hands and, for the first time, musicians.

Braidman said the student musicians will underscore the performance and play music during scene changes.

“It’s a lot of kids, and they’ve worked hard,” he said. “We hope it’s going to be a big draw.”

The company is also hoping that Hurricane Sandy will not interfere with their final dress rehearsals this week.

Last year, due to the Oct. 30 snowstorm that closed the school, the drama company lost an entire week of dress rehearsals leading up to their performance of the parody “The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged,” Braidman said.

But they pulled it off brilliantly, he added, and he expects his troupe to do the same this weekend.

“Much Ado” will be performed in the auditorium of the school at 19 Stage Road in Westhampton. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and children 10 and under.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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