EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 1, 2013

NECC students to perform Shakespearean play


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAVERHILL — If you like theater and having a good laugh, the campus of Northern Essex Community College is the place to be during the next few days.

Considered one of William Shakespeare’s best comedies, “Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed by NECC’s Top Notch Players in the Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater, located in the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Performances are Nov. 7 at 4 p.m., Nov. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.

“Much Ado About Nothing” is thought to have been written at the tail end of the 16th century as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. It combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame and court politics.

“It is a witty comedy that ends with multiple marriages and no deaths,” said NECC theater professor Jim Murphy. “It chronicles two pairs of lovers. Shakespeare develops their journey with a rich sense of humor and compassion.”

The production will include nearly 30 NECC students.

The set was designed by Susan Sanders, technical director of the Top Notch Players, as a suggestion of London theaters of Shakespeare’s day. The costumes are Elizabethan in spirit. NECC student Thera May Driscoll built some of the costumes with assistance from the Top Notch Players.

IF YOU GO

What: Performance of William Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing”

When: Nov. 7 at 4 p.m., Nov. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.

Where: Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater in the Spurk Building of the NECC Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Cost: $10 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through www.mvarts.info.

More information: Available from Susan Sanders at ssanders@necc.mass.edu or Jim Murphy at jmurphy@necc.mass.edu