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Much Ado About Nothing - Park Players DetroitThe Park Players are thrilled to announce our upcoming autumn show, Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare. Much Ado is one of the most accessible and endearing of the Bard’s comedies, and marks the second production of a Shakespearian play by the Park Players (the first being the hugely successful A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2000).

We will present a recent adaptation, with more modern and approachable language. We’re pleased and honored to have longtime Park Player, and recent Wayne State University MFA graduate, Carollette Phillips as our director.

Everyone is welcome to audition! This play has something for everyone, with 22 speaking parts for varied experience levels.  Our casting policy is race neutral and, when possible, gender neutral.  For the audition, you’ll be asked to read selected passages from the script.



  • Wednesday, September 5,  7:30 – 10:30 pm
  • Sunday, September 9, 1 – 4 pm

Actors should be available for most rehearsals and all performances.


  • Tuesdays, 7-10 pm
  • Wednesdays, 7-10 pm
  • Sundays, 1-4 pm


  • Friday Nov 9: 6:30 Dinner Theatre, 8 pm Curtain
  • Saturday Nov 10: 8 pm curtain (NRPCA fundraiser)
  • Sunday Nov 11: 2 pm matinee
  • Friday Nov 16: 8 pm curtain
  • Saturday Nov 17: 8pm curtain

“There was a star danced,
and under that I was born.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Cast of Characters:

Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon: a kind, good Prince who helps Claudio win Hero.

Benedick of Padua: a sarcastic, witty bachelor who swears he will never marry.

Beatrice: Hero’s witty, older cousin engaged in a war of words with Benedick.

Antonio: an old man, brother of Leonato.

Margaret: a waiting gentlewoman attendant on Hero.

Claudio: a count, companion of Don Pedro.

Balthasar: an attendant on Don Pedro, a singer described by Benedick as a “cat who sounds as if someone is killing it”.

Don John: “the Bastard Prince,” brother of Don Pedro and the main villain.

Borachio and Conrade: followers of Don John who initiate the plot to frame Hero.

Leonato: governor of Messina.

Hero: Leonato’s daughter; beautiful, sweet, gentle, and demure and perhaps the Hero(ine) of the play.

Ursula: a waiting gentlewoman attendant on Hero.

Friar Francis: a priest who believes in Hero’s innocence.

Dogberry: the constable in charge of Messina’s night watch; an idiot with a large sense of self-importance.

Verges:  Dogberry’s partner.

A Sexton: the judge of the trial of Borachio.

The Watch: a watchman of Messina.

A Boy: serving Benedick

Attendants and messengers