The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival begins on June 12, 2018, and runs through July 1 in Southmoreland Park. Admission is FREE. Bring a blanket or chairs.
This year’s production is Much Ado About Nothing. Here’s a synopsis of the show from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival website:
“Set in Messina, the play begins as Don Pedro’s army of Aragon, returns after a victory. Benedick, a gentleman soldier, resumes a verbal duel with Beatrice, the niece of Messina’s governor, Leonato. Count Claudio is smitten with Leonato’s daughter, Hero. After Don Pedro woos her in disguise for Claudio, the two young lovers plan to marry in a week. To fill in the time until the wedding, Don Pedro and the others set about tricking Benedick and Beatrice into admitting their love for each other. Meanwhile, Don Pedro’s disgruntled bastard brother, Don John, plots to ruin Hero with his friends, Borachio and Conrade, and halt her wedding. Claudio believes Don John’s deception, is convinced Hero has a lover, and, at the wedding, brutally rejects her.
With Hero in hiding and falsely reported dead, Beatrice persuades Benedick to fight Claudio. Tragedy is averted when the bumbling city Watchmen, having discovered Don John’s treachery, arrive with their leader, country constable Dogberry and headborough, Verges and clear Hero’s name. With Claudio forgiven, both couples are ready to get married.”
Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. The gates open at 6 p.m. Here’s the entertainment schedule:
- 6:30 p.m. – Pre-show Parody: Team Shakespeare teens will be present a 20-minute parody version of the Festival play.
- 7:00 p.m. – Show Talk: Local Shakespeare enthusiasts will give you an entertaining and educational preview of the play.
- 7:15 p.m. – Pre-show Parody: Team Shakespeare teens will be present a 20-minute parody version of the Festival play.
- 8:00 p.m. – Much Ado About Nothing performance
Southmoreland Park is located two blocks east of the Country Club Plaza and across the street (to the west) from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.