Moraine Valley Community College is hosting its 19th season of free Shakespeare Under the Stars performances with “Much Ado About Nothing,” from July 20 to 22, at 7 p.m., and July 23 at 5 p.m., on the main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway in Palos Hills. The outdoor performances will be on the Gateway, between Buildings M and F.

This summer’s play by the Bard is a comedy about misunderstandings, love and deception. It focuses on the courtship and scandal between a young woman named Hero and her suitor, Claudio. The witty war of words between Claudio’s friend, Benedick, and Hero’s cousin, Beatrice, also draws attention in this story.


The cast includes:

Don Pedro – Kevin Trudeau, of Chicago

Don John – Michael Kocher, of Homewood

Claudio – Bobby Izumikawa, of Chicago

Benedick – Brian Walsh, of Chicago

Leonato – Dan Scott, of Chicago

Conrade – Sean Gallagher, of Tinley Park

Borachio – Lucy West, of Frankfort Square

Balthasar – Nick Kniebusch, of Orland Park

Friar Francis – Jennifer M. Hawk, of Berwyn

Dogberry – Aidan McGuire, of Orland Park

Antonio – Jack Higgins, of Chicago

Verges – Will Witry, of Chicago

Hero – Elaina Dague, of Homewood

Beatrice – Pam Bagdzinski, of Chicago

Margaret – Drew Winters, of Leland

Ursula – Jocelyn Orozco, of Lansing

Boy – Margaret Pesquera, of Alsip

First Watchman – Luke Wlazlo, of Orland Park

Second Watchman – Gracie Polchan, of Justice

Messenger – Natalie Cross, of Summit

Sexton – Diana Christine, of Orland Park


Bring your own chairs, blankets and refreshments, but no alcohol. In the event of rain, the show will be moved inside the Fine and Performing Arts Center. For more information, call (708) 974-5500 or email


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