Much Ado About Nothing

Written by William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy. Set during Medieval times, it is also, essentially, a love story. Young Count Claudio has returned from war, and meets the lovely Hero, daughter of the man Claudio is staying with. He asks her to marry him, and she consents. But the night before the wedding, Claudio believes he sees Hero cheating on him, and he humiliates her at the altar. Her father, after much thought, tells Claudio that she has died from grief, a few days later.

Meanwhile, Count Benedick has also returned from the war, and openly sparrs with Beatrice, the cousin of Hero. They are suited to one another, but neither will admit it, and both swear to never marry. Hero's father, among others, plots to get the two together. To achieve this, he has the close friends of the two talk to one another openly about how one desperately loves the other, and thus fooling them into admitting their feelings to themselves.

In the end, though, it all turns out to be “much ado about nothing” when the play comes to a joyful conclusion.

The play is directed by William Hoffmann.  Hoffmann last directed Romeo & Juliet, the teen show in summer 2010. 

The shows August 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7pm with a 2pm matinee on the 16th.

Cast list for Man of La Mancha

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for Man of La Mancha!  What wonderful talent we have!   Below is the cast list.


2014-15 Season Announced!!

2014-15 season announced!

Our current season is well under way and our thoughts have turned to the season to follow.  On March 10th, our Holland Civic Board approved the shows and calendar, as suggested by our Artistic Committee, for our 2014-2015 season!  Each of these shows bring unique opportunities for various techniques in every aspect of putting on a great production!

In the fall, with audition dates of August 11 & 12, we will present "Man of La Mancha", the musical play-within-a-play that details the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as they discover what it is to be knightly and dream "The Impossible Dream".  "Man of La Mancha" is slated to appear on the HCT stage opening October 9, 2014.  Directed by Russell M Gallas

Recently our Artistic Committee made a request of the Board for a new endeavor.  Upon the Board's approval, steps are being taken to write an original script for our annual holiday show.  With ideas stretching from stories originating with our Santa volunteers to musicals about small town life and history in Holland to a battle between three Marys, the Artistic Committee is very excited to develop a script to be performed in our traditional holiday schedule, opening on Black Friday, the 28th of November.  Auditions would be held in early October.

With auditions on December 8 & 9, we would follow up with Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest".  This story of mis-taken identities, misplaced handbags, and misspent youth brings an air of wit to our winter months.  Opening on January 29th, 2015, this romantic comedy will close on Valentines' Day.  Directed by R Aimee Chipman

Stories of differences, difficulties, and hilarious occurrences have been enjoyed by our patrons in several ways in the past.  Our choice for our spring production shows this same theme, in "January Thaw".  What would happen if two very different families, both having a valid claim to it, were forced to share the same house? When one family controls the heat and the other the electricity, one can count on some friction!  "January Thaw" will have auditions scheduled in February, shows beginning the 9th of April, and will be reprised after a break in performances as our production for Tulip Time Festival.  Directed by Jim Griffin

Our young student production could be described as the "real" Toy Story; in "The Velveteen Rabbit", adapted from the acclaimed children's book by Margery Williams, life for toys begins once the children leave the room!  Students can attend our audition workshop prior to auditions in May.  "The Velveteen Rabbit" will play for two weekends, starting July 9th.  Directed by Sandra Griffin

"Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr." will be presented by our teen actors, singers, and dancers. In a New York full of intrigue and jazz, the 1920s were a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever.  With fun songs and dance numbers, "Millie" will be staged opening August 6, 2015, with auditions in May.  Directed by Shane Lynn. 

All our productions are impossible without production staff!  If you have interest in being a part of the shows, in any capacity, from directors and producers, to painting and set building, to dancing and acting, please contact our Artistic Committee or Board of Directors to express your interest!  Any questions can be directed to the theatre at (616)396-2021 or to Aimee Chipman at (616)848-0365.  Questions may also be asked on our Facebook page; 'Like' us at Holland Civic Theatre!

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking at signing up to volunteer at HCT for concessions, usher or Santa Helper???   You can easily sign up at www.signupgenius.com    Look for the sign-ups under laurievanark@gmail.com  It's quick & easy!   (And you even get an email reminder before your "shift"! 

HCT Membership form

The Holland Civic Theatre membership form is attached.  Please print it out, fill out the information and mail it to the theatre.

Ticket information

Tickets & Benefactors

Gold Star Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,000+

  • 24 Mainstage show admissions
  • Season Playbill ¼ page Ad
  • Season Playbill Gold Star Sponsor recognition
  • Two HCT Memberships

Producer’s Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $500+

  • 8 Mainstage show admissions
  • Season Playbill Producer’s Club Sponsor recognition
  • Two HCT Memberships

Directors’s Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250+

  • 8 Mainstage show admissions
  • Season Playbill Director’s Club Sponsor recognition
  • Two HCT Memberships

Actor’s Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $500+

  • 8 Mainstage show admissions
  • Season Playbill Actor’s Club Sponsor recognition
  • Two HCT Memberships

Patron Angel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100+

  • 6 Mainstage show admissions
  • Season Playbill Patron Angel Sponsor recognition
  • Two HCT Memberships

Patron. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

  • 6 Mainstage show admissions

Season Ticket  (Save up to 21%). . . . . . . . . . . 

  • 3 Mainstage show admissions

Mainstage Tickets

  Adult admission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18/$20 Musicals

  Senior admission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $16/$18 Musicals 

  Student admission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10

 

To enroll as a sponsor or receive season tickets, please call

Holland Civic Theatre at 616-396-2021 or email  us at

hollandcivictheatre@yahoo.com