New Ulm High School presents:

NEW ULM – New Ulm High School will present “Much Ado Out West” on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at the District Administrative Center.

The play, which is from Eldridge Plays and Musicals, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and at 1 p.m. Saturday and a 7 p.m. Saturday showing.

Wendy Tuttle is once again the director (along with Sheldon Rieke, who is the technical director), and she has a group of actors new to performing.

Additionally, Vicky Tambornino is in charge of costumes and Jerilyn Kjellberg is in charge of props.

Tuttle said the group has worked extremely hard and is coming together well despite missing time with school dismissals.

The play is loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Tuttle picked “Much Ado Out West” because it was easy for students to perform, and she said that performers of that age group seem to prefer doing Westerns. She said it’s a play that people of all ages will have a good time viewing.

According to the Eldridge web site, Much Ado Out West is a comedy about how Pedro, Ben and Claude discover that while they’ve been away at the Civil War, Betty and the other women have been doing all of the roping and ranching. The play is inspired from Shakespeare’s hilarious battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Despite how much the cowpokes and the ladies of the ranch taunt each other, love seems to be in the air. Claude falls head over heels in love with Winny, a lovely Southern belle, but Calamity Jane, a rambunctious tomboy, secretly longs for Claude’s affections and is bent on stirring up trouble when she doesn’t get her way.

Meanwhile, Ben and Betty are arch-rivals, only happy when they are insulting each other…or is it just their way of masking their deeply guarded feelings for one another? This show is filled with witty, Western-flavored dialogue, Shakespearian twists and turns, and lots of wild and untamed characters just waiting to come to life on stage.

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