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Southeastern Theatre announces cast for 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre has announced the cast for is its second spring production, Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare’s ultimate battle of the sexes.

     In what he describes as “a modern twist on the conventions of Elizabethan drama,” Director James Winter of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts has cast men in the play’s female roles and women in the male roles.

     “This one’s really going to be a lot of fun,” he promised.

     Much Ado About Nothing, which has brought love and laughter to the world’s stages for 500 years and showcases some of the bard’s finest comedic writing, is scheduled April 24-28, 7:30 p.m., at Vonnie Borden Theatre.

     Tickets -- $10, adults, and $6, senior citizens, faculty, staff, and non-Southeastern students -- will be available at the theater box office in D Vickers Hall. Southeastern students are admitted free with their university I.D.

     Cast members are Shiloh Klein, Hammond, Benedick; Benjamin Norman, Covington, Beatrice; Victoria Stinson, Mandeville, Claudio; Randy Malbrough Jr., Gonzales, Hero; Rachael Johnson, Mandeville, Leonato; Marjorie Parker, Baton Rouge, Don Pedro; Brandy Fulton, Baton Rouge, Don John; Arielle Lemoine, Ponchatoula, Borachio; Michelle LeBlanc, Gonzales, Conrade; Wade Kerr, French Settlement, Margaret.

     Also, Matt Harrison, Watson, Ursula; Katie Zirkenbach, Metairie, Dogberry; Megan Ryals, Mandeville, Verges; Dari Aikman, Bedico, Antonio; Betty Turner, Hammond, Father Francis; Jenna Smith, LaPlace, Messenger/Sexton; Logan Sanders, Madisonville, Seacoal; Kaytlynn Eddleman, Walker, 1st Watch; Alicia Hanley, Baton Rouge, 2nd Watch; Tara Bennett, Covington, Goodfella/Understudy; Christopher Picou, Denham Springs, Moll/Understudy.

     Department of Music and Dramatic Arts faculty members Steve Schepker and Richard Walsh will create sets and costumes/makeup designs, respectively, assisted by students Kathryn Steele, Baton Rouge, lighting; and William Rushing, Baton Rouge, sound. Lydia Caballero, Slidell, is stage manager and Alicia Regan, Denham Springs, is assistant director.

     Former Southeastern students Ali Maraman and Michael Allen will serve as choreographer and dialect/vocal coach.

     For additional information, contact Winter at (985) 549-3546 or

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