• Elgin Offers Virtual Shakespeare Performance

    Elgin Offers Virtual Shakespeare Performance


    Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and Goodly Creatures Theatre Provide Free, Virtual Performance to Residents

    Elgin, IL- The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission has teamed up with Goodly Creatures Theatre to provide a summer digital Shakespeare performance of the beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. The virtual version of the performance is available Friday, August 21 through Monday, September 21 on the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission webpage, via Goodly Creature’s YouTube Channel, and will air on Elgin’s public access television channel (Channel 17 on Comcast and WOW and Channel 99 on AT&T) on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. The performance is offered free to the public.

    What was originally planned to be a Shakespeare-in-the-Park performance has gone digital to provide a safe way for Elgin residents to enjoy this performance.

    “It’s been a challenge, but doing everything we can to keep the arts alive in Elgin is our priority,” said Assistant to the City Manager for Special Projects and the Arts Amanda Harris.

    Katrina Syrris, Goodly’s founder and artistic director, could not agree more. “The arts provide not only an outlet for our creativity, they provide insights and comfort in times of uncertainty,” she said.

    With Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, audiences will enjoy a humorous and touching story about the resiliency of love and friendship, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

    Much Ado About Nothing
    The play follows the story of friends and lovers who find their efforts towards love and happiness encouraged and challenged by rumors. The play takes place on nobleman Leonato’s estate in Messina, Italy, after he has invited old friends, and honorable soldiers, to visit his family to rest from the war. Reunited by this visit are former lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, who are engaged in a “merry war” of wit. While old feelings are rekindled, young love grows between the soldier Claudio, and Leonato’s daughter, Hero. In the shadows, Don Pedro’s spiteful brother, Don John, sees an opportunity to foil their happiness by enlisting the help of his hedonistic henchmen, Conrade and Borachio, to spread the rumor that Hero is disloyal the night before their wedding. Hilarity ensues when the unlikeliest of Watchmen discover his secret machinations and attempt to reveal the truth to Leonato’s family and friends, bumbling all the way.

    For more information, please contact Amanda Harris at 847-931-6019 or visit cityofelgin.org/culturalarts.
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    Elgin Cultural Arts Commission
    The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission's mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Elgin community by creating and supporting diverse, innovative, and accessible visual, performing, and cultural arts programming.

    Goodly Creatures Theatre
    Goodly Creatures is a traveling theatre company based in Elgin, IL that specializes in breathing new life into classic works of literature. To fulfill our duty, we produce original plays, and established adaptations of canonized works of literature for the stage in modern, edgy, and thrilling ways. Some have called us Brechtian, others Avant-Garde, and we embrace these titles as the fresh voice of the modern combined with the universal and timeless wisdom of the classics!