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Keene students to perform Shakespeare

"It's a comedy" said Luke Andrews, who plays Benedick. "It's Shakespeare, so I guarantee a lot of the humor will go over people's heads, but most of it will be very good."

"Ms. McCabe has really helped drill the material into our heads," said Tiger Smith, who plays Don Pedro. McCabe, an English teacher at the school, has an affinity for Shakespeare, he noted.

McCabe showed cast members the 1993 film adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" to help them gain an appreciation and understanding of the play. Sam Balzac, who plays Claudio, said that helped a lot.

Overall, both youth and adults involved with the production are promising an entertaining and worthwhile performance.

"When people think of Shakespeare, they think of really dark, serious plays," said Kevin Stolz, who plays Leonato, the village governor, "but it's funny; it's not serious. Even the prose and the poetry is beautiful."

All performances begin at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets are half price, $4 adults and $2 students, for returned visits to the show.

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