Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ on stage at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY — William Shakespeare makes an appearance on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus through his romantic comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

UW-Green Bay Theatre presents the play April 24-25, April 30, and May 1-2, on the University Theatre stage on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. All show times are at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for UW-Green Bay students. Tickets at the door are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.

“Much Ado About Nothing” finds Benedick, a confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, who is unwilling to submit to a controlling husband, in a prolonged battle of wits. The two constantly compete to outdo each other with clever insults while their friends conspire to make each believe that the other is in love with them.
Beatrice tests Benedick’s love by asking him to defend the honor of her cousin Hero, who has been slandered by Benedick’s best friend.

Prof. John Mariano directs a cast of 20 student actors and is supported by student crewmembers.

“If you’ve never seen a Shakespearean production before, this is a great place to start,” Mariano said. “Even on its 410th birthday, the play remains a fresh and funny romantic comedy.”

Order tickets online at or by calling (800) 328-8587.


Derek Sklenar, junior, theatre performance major and arts management minor, Prairie Du Chien. Character: Benedick.
Alison Tyler, sophomore, theatre performance major, Stoughton. Character: Beatrice.
Ross Christian, freshman, theatre performance major, De Pere. Character: Verges.
Jessica Breest, senior, musical theatre major, Jackson. Character: Margaret.
Robert Buffington, sophomore, music major, Schofield. Character: Watchman No. 2.
Matthew Fayfer, senior, theatre studies and psychology majors, Hortonville. Character: Don John.
Joe Feltz, senior, business administration major, Wausau. Character: Borachio.
Matthew Harris, freshman, theatre performance major, Racine. Character: Watchman No. 1.
Cody Heil, senior, theatre major, Edgar. Character: Leonato.
Jade Landry, freshman, theatre performance major, Kohler. Character: Conrade.
Molly LeCaptain, junior, theatre major, New Franken. Character: Ursula.
Chris McDermott, senior, theatre studies major, North Fond du Lac. Character: Sexton.
Zach McLain, senior, theatre performance major, Green Bay. Character: Dogberry.
Kyle R. Pingel, junior, technical and design theatre major, Chilton. Character: Friar.
Katie Pugh, junior, musical theatre major, Summit Lake. Character: Hero.
Mike Roderique, junior, communications major, Onalaska. Character: Messenger.
Jason Szmanda, junior, theatre performance major, East Troy. Character: Antonio.
Josh Weishaar, junior, theatre performance major, Westfield. Character: Claudio.
Cory Witek, freshman, theatre performance major, Racine. Character: George Seacoal.
Don Yarbrough, junior, musical theatre major, Antigo. Character: Don Pedro.


Andrew Cimpl, senior, technical theatre major, Wauwatosa. Mask designer.
Megan Hedden, senior, theatre major, Watertown. Assistant stage manager.
Katie Stapleton, junior, theatre major, Madison. Soundboard operator.
Erin Torkelson, senior, theatre major, Appleton. Stage manager.
Brittni Werner, sophomore, theatre major, Edgar. Master electrician.
Prof. John Mariano, director.
Prof. Jeff Entwistle, scenic and properties design.
Prof. Kaoime Malloy, costume design.
Prof. Mike Ingraham, lighting and sound design.

Josh Weishaar as Claudio, Derek Sklenar as Benedick
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Alison Tyler as Beatrice, Derek Sklenar as Benedick in Much Ado Nothing
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Derek Sklenar as Benedick, Alison Tyler as Beatrice in Much Ado Nothing
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Derek Sklenar as Benedick, Alison Tyler as Beatrice, Josh Weishaar as Claudio in Much Ado Nothing
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