By William Shakespeare

Directed by Dylan Coulter
Produced by Diane Gendron

Performance dates

Fort Langley – on the lawn in front of the historic community hall. Thursday, June 29, Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1 (as part of Fort Langley’s Canada Day Celebrations). Admission Free.

Township 7 Winery in Langley – July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15. Admission $20.

Douglas Park, in Langley City – July 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 on the outdoor Spirit Square Stage. Admission Free.

Summary

As Don Pedro’s band of warriors returns from a successful winter war, they pass through the town of Messina, and visit with old friends. The spirit of love is in the air. Claudio, a celebrated young soldier, falls in love with the Duke’s daughter Hero, while two other would-be lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, hide their feelings for each other in wit and banter. The townsfolk, observant of this almost-love story, conspire to bring Beatrice and Benedick together. Meanwhile, Don Pedro’s bitter and sullen illegitimate brother Don Jon has hatched a plot to ruin Claudio and Hero’s wedding. The day is saved when the bumbling watchmen discover the plot and the foolish constable manages to arrest the conspirators. Happily, in the end, the two young couples are united.

Ahnika Barber

Ahnika Barber

Actor

Ahnika Barber, who plays Verges, is very excited to widen her horizons and join Bard's Much Ado About Nothing this summer. Ahnika lives in Langley, and will attend Walnut Grove Secondary after attending Langley Fine Arts for eleven years. Her first ever production was Alice In Wonderland, as Rosebud. Her recent credits include Johnny Paradise in Some Like It Hot, Mr. Torrance in The Audition, and Ariel in The Tempest- all put on by Langley Fine Arts. She enjoys Shakespeare's works, musical theatre, travel, and cats.

Kerry Van Sickle

Kerry Van Sickle

Actor

Kerry is excited to once again repeat Shakespeare’s words on the community stage. In the past he had the privilege to perform in A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the British ambassador’s garden stage in Moscow. Kerry is thrilled to be part of the amazing cast of Much Ado and to be involved with the Bard in the Valley organization. You can also catch Kerry this summer in the Beach House Theatre’s production of the Heart of Robin Hood. He is a small business owner and adjunct business professor at a local university. Kerry wishes to send a shout out to Sylvia and Stella for coming out to the venues this summer. “Hey Stella!”.

Kailea de Leon

Kailea de Leon

Actor

This is Kailea's fourth year with Bard in the Valley and she is delighted to be back working with another group of wonderful and dedicated people. BIV really stoked her interest in doing Shakespeare, which spurred her on to study a semester of classical acting at LAMDA last year to improve her craft. When not acting in the theatre, she enjoys spending time with her animals on her hobby farm, and working as a stand in or BG in film and tv.

Adam Piercy

Adam Piercy

Actor

Born in Mission but raised in Maple Ridge, Adam's first encounter with the Bard came in the form of a grade seven production of A Comedy of Errors, in which he played Antipholus of Ephesus. His love for theatre grew throughout high school as he featured in such plays as MASH, Alice in Wonderland, and Noises Off!. He currently resides in Maple Ridge with his cat.

Jessica Milliken

Jessica Milliken

Actor

Jessica is a recent graduate from UFV with a Bachelor of Arts in English Honours: Creative Writing, Theatre, Liberal Arts, and Media and Communications. Jessica has been found on and off stage for various productions in her life, including UFV’s Twelfth Night in 2016. Much Ado is her first production with Bard in the Valley and she is grateful to Dylan for giving her this opportunity. Look for her one day on the New York Time’s Best Selling List!