LIGONIER — “Much Ado About Nothing” is missing something.
Amanda Musser and Brandon Replogle aren’t here to be a part of it.
Musser and Replogle, both West Noble High School seniors, were killed in separate traffic accidents in February. For the Theatre33 family, their loss is being felt in the days leading up to showtime for “Much Ado.”
This is “tech week” for the play, when all the pieces for the production come together — the acting, the costumes, the lights, the sound. According to the directors, this week is also filled with mixed emotions.
“Brandon was an amazing artist and a dedicated worker,” said co-director Cliff Schwartz. “He worked so hard to make all of our technical needs to run with split-second precision and effectiveness. He was a leader, a role model, a breath of fresh air, and a friend to us all at Theatre33.”
There are so many details and intricacies to put on a play, according to Schwartz, and Musser and Replogle were integral in making sure things ran smoothly.
“Amanda was a skilled actress, a fun-loving soul and absolutely hilarious!,” Schwartz said. “She was one of the most responsible young ladies I have met and did so much behind the scenes these last few years.”
Schwartz said that Brandon and Amanda were both blessings to the Theatre33 family and they were honored to have known them.
“We love and miss them,” he said.
Co-director Amy Dreibelbis said the group is trying to step it up and work even harder this week.
“Not just because Amanda and Brandon are gone — because really they are here with us, pushing us, encouraging us, inspiring us,” she said, “but because we want to honor them and all of their years of hard work, dedication and passion for the Theatre33 family.”
Theatre33’s “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare will be performed on the West Noble High School stage Friday through Sunday. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.
Beatrice is played by senior Tania De Luna, and Benedict by senior Carlos Ibarra. The two lovers are in Shakespeare’s work are stubborn and enjoy arguing and antagonizing each other. In a master plan construed by their friends, the two are tricked into falling in love.
“Much Ado About Nothing” is filled with misunderstandings and mis“notings” of information. The play is filled with eavesdropping, mistaken identities, forged love notes and false accusations. Because of the masked identities of some of the lovers, the decision was made to “modernize” this Shakespeare production and set the play in New Orleans, with a Mardi Gras theme.
Leonato — Travis Stoner
Innogen — Laura Gray
Antonia — Brianna Walton
Don Pedro — Zach Miller
Don John — Fred Miller
Borachio — Bryan Bechtold
Conrade — Racheal Stump
Claudio — River Denman
Hero — Ashley Smith
Benedick — Carlos Ibarra
Beatrice — Tania De Luna
Balthasar — Duffy Coyle
Margaret — Sarah Jones
Ursula — Amber Driscoll
Friar Francis — Nelson Leuhrs
Sexton — David Garza
Members of the Watch include:
Dogberry — Ray Stump
Verges — Kayla Peterson
Fanny Seacole — Madeline Powell
Eugénie Oatcak — Grace Garman
Maude Marshande — Ali Garza