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West Bend Theatre Company is currently looking for an actor (age 35+) to fill the role of Leonato for their 1980s version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. This role is open to both men and women. Rehearsals begin 7/2 and performances are 8/23-8/26. If you or someone you know may be interested in the role, please contact the director, Adam Czaplewski, via Facebook messenger, or send an email to

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Artist tickets are available for $10 online or at the door for the Monday, August 3 performance of Bard & Bourbon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.


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Soldiers returning victorious from the battlefield rest in the house of Leonato and begin to turn their thoughts to love.  A wedding is soon planned between Claudio and Leonato’s daughter, Hero, and the young lovers and their friends seek to share their joy by setting a love trap for the longtime rivals in wit, Benedick and Beatrice. But the plotting of the resentful Don John and his henchmen might destroy everyone’s chance for a happy ending. Can the bumbling Dogberry and his watchmen save the day? Will the drunk actor remember their lines?  Find out in Bard & Bourbon’s Much Ado About Nothing!


July 31-Aug 8, 7:30 at Theatre Gigante  706 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Tickets $15 online, $20 at the door; Senior, student, and military $12


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Auditions for Bard & Bourbon’s summer production of Much Ado About Nothing are this Friday, June 12 from 5-9pm at the Underground Collaborative in the Shops at Grand Avenue, 161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203.

Rehearsals begin June 29th, tech is July 27-30, and the show runs July 31, Aug 1, 3, 7, & 8. We will do our best to accommodate all conflicts up to tech week.

Interested actors must be over 21, though not all roles will require alcohol consumption for this show. Older actors and actresses are especially encouraged to audition. Bard & Bourbon embraces non-traditional casting so if you enjoy the play but feel there wouldn’t normally be a part for you, this is your chance. The roles of Beatrice and Hero are already cast but all other roles are available.

Auditions will consist primarily of cold readings. Auditionees are also strongly encouraged but not required to prepare one short Shakespearean monologue.

You must sign up via to select a half hour group time slot. Individual time to present monologues will be assigned within that time. Walk ins will be seen only as time allows.

Plan on arriving at least 10 minutes ahead of time to fill out paperwork and familiarize yourself with the scenes. Please bring one headshot and resume with you if available. If you do not have a headshot we will take your picture for reference in the audition room.

If you have any questions, please email

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Finally, if you cannot attend auditions but are still interested in either this or future Bard & Bourbon shows, please email your headshot and resume to

I love your web site and blog! I am the Artistic Director of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and I am coming to Milwaukee to hold some auditions, and I was hoping you would be able to help me publicize them on your blog. Here’s the info:

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre announces general auditions for Equity and non-Equity actors for their 2013 summer repertory season: Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Oliver!, and a Theatre for Young Audiences’ adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The auditions will take place at Milwaukee Rep on Monday, November 26th from 1:30-4 pm.

To schedule an audition, send a headshot and resume to

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Carte Blanche Studio Theatre, 1024 S. 5th St. in Milwaukee, is proud to announce upcoming performances of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, from February 19 to March 7, 2010. 

Much Ado is Shakespeare’s most frequently produced comedy, as the verbal sparring between iconoclastic barbed-tongued heroine Beatrice and self-declared irascible bachelor Benedick provide some of the most intriguing wordplay of all of the Bard’s works. Benedick and Beatrice’s resisted love affair is counterpoint to the hasty contrived engagement betwixt the pure sweet Hero and the heroic, yet impressionable Claudio. The lighthearted comedy twists and turns through many Shakespearean plot conventions, including villainous scheming to thwart the young lovers, to reach the inevitable happy ending. The experience is a roller coaster ride of many misapprehensions and machinations that each lover suffers to reach that final conclusion. Penned later in his career, Much Ado About Nothing showcases Shakespeare’s mastery of characterization through specific idiosyncrasies of speech, with each character expressing their wit (or lack thereof) uniquely. 

This sparkling romantic comedy, Carte Blanche’s second Shakespearean production, will be costumed sumptuously and traditionally Elizabethan by the outrageously talented and innovative seamstress Kate Vannoy. To make room for all the farthingales, elaborate coifs, and swords, the set will remain elegant and minimal to best showcase the actors’ poise in the intimate studio space. Originality in all disciplines of performance is Carte Blanche’s specialty, and Much Ado will feature live music by actors Josh B. Bryan and Mara McGhee. Set design is by longtime CBST builder Ray Vannoy; 16th century-style dances are by company choreographer Samantha Paige. Direction is by Jimmy Dragolovich (who will join his actors in a rare special appearance on stage as arch villain Don John), and original hand-sculpted masks are by resident artist Peter Smith. Light design and execution are by Josh B. Bryan. The core of the actors performing in this show are veteran CBST repertory members, who have built a scintillating rapport with one another on stage. Their talent is collectively excellent in a way that only performers who are comfortable and confident with each others’ gifts and energies can be excellent- a true ensemble company. Come allow them to wooingly whirl you into delight as you observe the consequences of paying too much attention to ‘nothing’. 

Show dates for Much Ado About Nothing are Friday, February 19 to Sunday, March 7. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturday, with Sunday matinees beginning at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, and can be purchased by visiting Carte Blanche Studio Theatre’s website at, or by calling the box office at (262) 716-4689. Limited seating available, please reserve your tickets soon! 

As always, we greatly appreciate your support to our theater see you soon! 

Thank you!