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Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Van Rockwell

Written by William Shakespeare

video auditions due by Dec. 12th

STARLIGHT COMMUNITY THEATER is pleased to offer MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Van Rockwell. We will be casting one Adult (16+) cast. Performances and rehearsals will be live and in person at Starlight Community Theater, 1611 W. Whispering Wind Dr. Suite #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085. 


Masks will be worn at rehearsals, and actors must be vaccinated to accept a role.  Other COVID safety precautions will be adhered to during all rehearsals and performances appropriate from the guidance of our health officials. Performances are February 18-27, 2022.  


Audition Information:

  • Auditions will be via video submission. If needed, callbacks will be by invitation only, at the theater and in person, on December 16th, 2021.

  • Please choose a monologue from the links below, video yourself performing the monologue, and email the monologue to,, and

  • In addition, please be sure to include your name, contact information, parts desired, headshot, resume, and any conflicts between Dec 22nd, 2021 and Feb 12th, 2022. (no conflicts are allowed between Feb 13th - 27th, 2022)

  • Generally, rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday from 6:30-9:30 pm with rehearsals on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to noon (when needed).

  • Video submissions to the three email addresses listed above must be received by Sunday, December 12th, 2021 before 10:00 pm.


Beatrice - Click Here
Benedick - Click Here
Claudio - Click Here
Don Pedro - Click Here
Hero - Click Here
Leonato - Click Here

The Story:

This production of Much Ado About Nothing is set in Chicago just before the repeal of Prohibition. Don Pedro, a notorious rum-runner, has just extracted his son, Don John, from an incident in New York City with the aid of his two top enforcers, Claudio and Benedick. They gather at Club Messina owned by Leonato, Don Pedro's good friend. Joining them are Antonio, Leonato's older brother and news publisher, along with Antonio's daughter Beatrice, his ace reporter. During the celebration, Claudio falls in love with Hero, the singer at Club Messina, who happens to be Leonato's daughter. The feeling is mutual. Don Pedro, Antonio, Leonato and Hero decide to trick Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love with each other when they realize the mutual antagonism between the two masks deeper feelings. Meanwhile, Don Jon throws a monkey wrench into the works, convincing Claudio that Hero is untrue. Add to the mix, two inept Private Eyes from New York, Dogberry and Verges, hot on Don John's trail and a new take on William Shakespeare's classic comedy hits the presses.

This will be a condensed telling of Shakespeare’s play, done in two hours. 


Actors ages 16 and older of all races, ethnicities, sizes, abilities, and genders (conforming and nonconforming) are highly encouraged to audition. 

Beatrice – “a pleasant-spirited lady” with a very sharp tongue. She wages a war of wits against Benedick and often wins the battles. Character is a top-notch reporter 
Benedick – very witty, always making jokes and puns. He carries on a “merry war” of wits with Beatrice. Character is an enforcer/booze runner
Claudio – falls in love with Hero. His unfortunately suspicious nature makes him quick to believe evil rumors and hasty to despair and take revenge. Character is an enforcer/booze runner 
Hero – falls in love with Claudio when he falls for her, but when Don John slanders her and Claudio rashly takes revenge, she suffers terribly. Character is Leonato’s club singer
Don Pedro – generous, courteous, intelligent, and loving to his friends, but he is also quick to believe the evil of others and hasty to take revenge. He is the most politically and socially powerful character in the play. Character is a renowned gangster supplying Leonato’s club.
Leonato – a respected, well-to-do, elderly noble at whose home, the action is set. Father to Hero. Character is the proprietor of Messina's club the action is set.
Don John – the son of Don Pedro, melancholy and sullen by nature, and he creates a dark scheme to ruin the happiness of Hero and Claudio. He is the villain of the play. Character is Don Pedro’s drunken ‘heir’ and gambling addict son who got into some trouble in New York City.


Margaret – Hero’s serving woman, who unwittingly helps Borachio and Don John deceive Claudio into thinking that Hero is unfaithful. Lower class. Though she is honest, she does have some dealings with the villainous world, loves to break decorum, especially with bawdy jokes and teases. Character is one of Hero’s dressers. 
Borachio – an associate of Don John and lover of Margaret, He conspires with Don John to trick Claudio and Don Pedro into thinking that Hero is unfaithful to Claudio. Character is a paparazzi. 
Conrade – one of Don John’s more intimate associates, entirely devoted to Don John. Character is a paparazzi.
Dogberry – very sincere and takes his job seriously, but he has a habit of using exactly the wrong word to convey his meaning. Character is one of New York’s private eyes on the trail for Don John. 
Verges – Dogberry’s right hand man. Character is one of New York’s private eyes on the trail for Don John. 
Antonio – Leonato’s elderly brother and Beatrice's father. Character is the newspaper publisher Beatrice works for.
Ursula – one of Hero’s waiting women. Character is one of Hero’s dressers.
* Other roles include a Sexton, Friar Francis, a (Singing Telegram) Messenger, and a few Watchmen. These can be double cast.