The delightful romantic comedy “Much Ado about Nothing” by William Shakespeare will be presented for two weekends on the lawn by the Brandt Center at Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St.
According to Director Jonathan Perry, president of the Encore Theatre Company (ETC), the play “focuses on the barbed wits and intrigues that two sets of lovers and their friends and families create.”
The performances begin this Thursday and continue Friday and Saturday, and July 23, 24 and 25. The Green Show, a musical “Sound of Hamlet,” presented by Oncore’s teens, opens at 7 p.m., and the main show starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be chairs available, and those attending are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics, Perry said. Soda and snacks will be for sale.
Admission to the event is free and donations will be accepted when the group passes a top hat around to help with expenses.
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Perry said the first pair of tangled lovers, Claudio and Hero, will be performed by Nate Paine and Cameo Goodson. Beatrice and Benedick, the brusque but clever critics of love, who are tricked into falling in love through arranged eavesdropping, will be played by Joseph Stevenson and Diana Cayler. The villain Don John, changed in this performance to “Donna Joan,” will be portrayed by Aubrielle Holly.
Live accordion music, some original, will be provided by Nampa’s Dave Stillman. The setting and costume styling will be reflect 1918, post-World War I, Perry said.
This is the seventh year that Encore has presented outdoor Shakespeare productions. For five years the group appeared in the Nampa Civic Center Garden and last year moved to NNU, where the actors received considerable acclaim for their presentation of “Macbeth.”
COMMUNITY FUN NIGHT TO BE REVIVED
The Nampa Civic Center, at 311 3rd St. S., is planning to revive the gala outdoor Community Fun Night that was very popular for 13 years in the past, with children’s activities, music and yummy food.
Event Coordinator David Smith says that after a six-year hiatus, this event on Thursday, Aug. 6, will be bigger and better than ever, with local music groups signing on, Mayor Bob Henry welcoming everyone, and a celebration of the center’s 25th year of serving the public.
The “Kids’ Amusement World” will offer a 60-foot obstacle course, a 26-foot inflatable climbing wall, human bowling, jousting, free rides on Tom’s Mini Trains and free air-brush tattoos. There will be a variety of food and craft vendors, and Civic Center Auxiliary President Dorothy Fox said the auxiliary will be selling snow cones, cotton candy, water and soda.
Center Director Stacey Mooney expressed her delight with the plans for the big night. “For a long time Community Fun Night was a exciting, family-friendly event for the Nampa community,” she said. “We are beyond thrilled for the chance to have our community come together and just truly enjoy what the city of Nampa and the Civic Center have to offer.
“I feel it was a necessity to bring this back to the people of Nampa and our surrounding communities,” Mooney added.
NEW LIBRARIAN TAKES CHARGE IN NAMPA MONDAY
The new librarian for the sparkling and vibrant library in downtown Nampa will be Chris Cooper from California. Cooper has been supervising librarian and branch manager in Humboldt County and also was associate faculty librarian at the College of Redwoods in Eureka.
He says he is excited to begin his new position on Monday.
The library, at 215 12th Ave. S., offers meeting and study rooms, databases, classes, preschool story time and eBooks and audio. The hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed on Sundays.
The Friends of the Library organization raises money for the library with its bookshop near the main entrance. The store is open noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as the first Saturday of each month.
Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 40 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org.