See What’s New on this Web site.

In the community since 1981 — Castaways celebrates our 37th season.
Actors are real people.

The stage is a magic circle where
only the most real things happen…
A truer and more real place does
not exist in all the universe.
                                P.S. Baber


Winter 2019


Director Hannah Butler

Email to: muchadodirector@castawaystheatre.org

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623.
By means of “noting” (which, in Shakespeare’s day, sounded similar to “nothing” as in the play’s title, and which means gossip, rumor, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.

Auditions: Thu Nov 1, 2018 7:30 to 9:00 pm & Sat Nov 3 11:00 to 2:00
Saturday auditioners will be told after auditions if they are needed back at 3:00 pm
Callbacks: Sat Nov 3, 2018, 3-5 pm.

Mainstage* Performances: Jan 18, 19, 25, 26, Feb1, 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm.
Jan 20, 26 Feb 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

Much Ado About Nothing Characters

Hero – Leonato’s daughter, Beatrice’s cousin, and the beloved of Claudio. On the night before her wedding, Hero is unknowingly impersonated by Margaret and framed for being unfaithful to the groom, Claudio. She is publicly shamed at her wedding, and her father Leonato hides her away, pretending she is dead until the slander has been discredited. Hero is one of the characters who participates in the scheme to bring Benedick and Beatrice together.

Claudio – A young Florentine soldier who fights for Don Pedro, and a friend of Benedick. He falls in love with Hero and plans to marry her, but disgraces her publicly after he is tricked by Don John and Borachio into thinking she has been unfaithful. By the end of the play, after her faithfulness has been proven, he marries her. Claudio is one of the characters who participates in the scheme to bring Benedick and Beatrice together.

Benedick – A witty young Lord of Padua and a soldier. He is extraordinarily successful with women, but is fanatically committed to a bachelor’s life. He has a “merry war,” of wits and insults with Beatrice, whom he hates. By the end of the play, Claudio, Don Pedro and Leonato have tricked him into falling in love with Beatrice, and he marries her.

Beatrice – Leonato’s niece, an extremely witty and strong-willed young woman. Beatrice has a “merry war,” of wits and insults with Benedick, whom she hates. Like Benedick, Beatrice never wants to marry. All the same, she is tricked by Hero and Ursula into falling in love with and marrying Benedick by the end of the play.

Don Pedro – The Prince of Aragon. He is always involved in the affairs of the other characters. Don Pedro woos Hero for Claudio. He also comes up with the idea of setting up Beatrice and Benedick. He helps Claudio disgrace Hero at the wedding, and then helps him make up for it. By the end of the play, he is the only one of the three soldier friends to stay single.

Don John – The bastard brother of Don Pedro, and the antagonist of the play. When the play begins, Don John has just been defeated by his brother in battle while trying to usurp him. Out of desire for revenge and a general bad attitude, Don John schemes to destroy the marriage of Hero and Claudio. He almost succeeds, but his treachery is confessed by his minions Conrade and Borachio, who have been arrested and interrogated by Dogberry and the watch. By the end of the play, he has been captured while trying to escape from Messina.

Leonato – Governor of Messina and father to Hero. When Hero is publicly disgraced at her wedding, Leonato is outraged, and cannot decide whether or not to believe in his daughter’s faithfulness to Claudio. Leonato participates in Don Pedro’s scheme to bring Benedick and Beatrice together.

Antonio – Leonato’s brother. At the wedding in the final act, he poses as father to Leonato’s niece: in reality, this is Hero in disguise.

Balthazar – A servant of Don Pedro’s. He flirts with Margaret at the masked dance, and plays music in the garden where Leonato, Don Pedro and Claudio have arranged for Benedick to overhear them. He is witty, and makes puns on the words nothing and noting.

Borachio – A minion of Don John’s. He is paid for coming up with and carrying out the scheme to ruin Hero and Claudio’s marriage. Borachio is arrested by the watch after boasting to Conrade about his villainy.

Conrade – A minion of Don John’s. During his interrogation, he calls Dogberry an ass, which obsesses the constable for the rest of the play.

Dogberry – A constable of Messina. Dogberry is not strict with criminals, and cautions the other members of the watch to also leave criminals alone. He misuses language terribly, and his inability to articulate himself is one of the reasons it takes so long for Don John’s treachery to be revealed.

Verges – A head-borough (head of a legal, administrative, and territorial unit) of Messina. He works with Dogberry, and is insulted by him for being old.

Friar Francis – He conducts the two weddings. When Hero is disgraced, he is the first one to suspect that she might be innocent. It is his idea to pretend that Hero is dead while the matter is investigated.

Margaret – Hero’s witty and flirtatious waiting-gentlewoman. Margaret is seduced by Borachio on the night before the first wedding, as part of his scheme to ruin Hero. Don Pedro and Claudio are looking on from outside, and are lead to believe that Margaret is Hero.

Ursula – Another of Hero’s waiting gentle-women. Ursula helps Hero make Beatrice fall in love with Benedick.


If you have any questions or would like to volunteer and help out in any capacity (training is available), please email CRT at info@castawaystheatre.org or call the Castaways number 703-232-1710.

*Ferlazzo Mainstage Location Map and Directions: Please see “Directions” under the “Productions” tab above.


This local community theater is known for such productions as Fiddler on the Roof, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, The Great Gatsby, Oliver Twist, Pride and Prejudice, Godspell, My Fair Lady, The Miracle Worker, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Raisin In The Sun, The Music Man, the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet.


Community Support: As with every non-profit community theater, we depend on the support of individuals, groups, and corporations.  As a donor you will help us to continue our tradition of bringing the performing arts to Prince William County.  Our Castaways Contributors are listed in our programs and on our web site for the season to acknowledge their patronage. Contributors who wish to remain anonymous are listed as Confidential Contributors. Your contribution is tax deductible. For your records our tax number is as follows: 54-1238782.  For more details look under the “Help out/Support us” tab above.

The Castaways Repertory Theatre is a non-profit organization affiliated with the NVTA and WATCH. Partial funding has been provided by Prince William County.
Follow us on Facebook

sealsquare                   prince_william_county_arts_council_logo2

Contact the Castaways Repertory Theatre Webmaster at:  td@castawaystheatre.org

Date published: October 15, 2018