Arts & Entertainment

'Much Ado About Will' like a bowl of Shakespeare soup

What: Much Ado About Will, a Hanford High production.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22-23.

Where: Black Box Theater at Hanford High, 450 Hanford Ave., Richland.

Cost: $7 adults, $5 students.

Tickets: At the door.

Take Romeo and Juliet, spice it up with a touch of A Midsummer Night's Dream, add some Rude Mechanicals, then toss in some Julius Caesar and what do you get?

Much Ado About Will, a reinterpretation of some of Shakespeare's most famous works.

This lively show bursts with all kinds of Shakespeare hijinx involving lovesick swains, dangerous liaisons and hilarious Shakespearean dialogue.

All the student actors range from age 15 to 18 and each plays a variety of roles, some of which involve an interactive association with the audience, said director Daniel Haley.

"This show is jam-packed with love, danger and laughter in equal measure," Haley said, "and is sure to delight audiences across a broad age spectrum."

The production is a multimedia event that combines live performance, projected images and self-made video displaying Macbeth's three witches as the hosts of a televised baking show, he added.

"We worked hard to boil down each scene until only its true essence remained left in the bottom of the pot," Haley said. "From there, we worked to reinvent the stories for the ears and eyes of our contemporary patrons."

Hanford High students also created a trailer for the production. Check it out at

w Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;