MUCH ADO OUT WEST
By Wade Bradford
5 m, 9 w, extras
Script: 48 pages
Pedro, Ben and Claude discover that while they've been away at the Civil War, Betty and the other womenfolk have been doing all of the roping and ranching. This Western romp is inspired from Shakespeare's hilarious battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing." Despite how much the cowpokes and the ladies of the ranch taunt each other, love seems to be in the air. Claude falls head over heels in love with Winny, a lovely Southern belle, but Calamity Jane, a rambunctious tomboy, secretly longs for Claude's affections and is bent on stirring up a big bowl of trouble when she doesn't get her way. Meanwhile, Ben and Betty are arch-rivals, only happy when they are insulting each other...or is it just their way of masking their deeply guarded feelings for one another? This easy-to-produce, fun-to-perform show is filled with witty, Western-flavored dialogue, Shakespearian twists and turns, and lots of wild and untamed characters just waiting to come to life on your stage.
#8298 Much Ado Out West
"For our first production this play was fantastic. It did not have too large of a cast and the set and costumes where reasonable. Our audiences had a lot of fun, really enjoying the roping of the sheriff scene and Betty and Ben's constant fighting." H.C., Director, Malta (MT) Community Theatre
"We did a three-night dinner theatre production. This was our first year doing theatre-in-the-round and it was a smashing success. Our cast was 9th-12th graders. They acted, built scenery and props, ran the lights, and served the dinner. We completely sold out two of our three nights. The audiences loved the story, and the students had a great time with the production." - C.D. Cornerstone Christian Academy, Fayetteville, NC
"The kids enjoyed getting to learn about Shakespeare's original through this show. The country accents were fun, the villain was such a fresh take of a villain, and who doesn't love the imagery of the Old West? Families & Company loved the show!" --M.G., Timberview Middle School, Fort Worth, TX
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