NU THEATRE presents “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare

In Other, by , on November 9th, 2023


Beatrice and Benedick would rather exchange blistering insults than sweet nothings. However, the pugnacious pair is forced to forge a partnership in order to defend family and honor, and save true love between Hero and Claudio after malicious rumors devastate the lovers’ wedding day. Will their sincere struggle to restore young love prompt surprising changes in all four, and restore some Christmas cheer? Much Ado may be the Bard’s most sublime battle of wits, masquerading as screwball comedy

“Much Ado About Nothing” will be on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, Niagara University, N.Y., on the following dates/times:

Thurs. Nov. 30, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. (post-show discussion)
Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m. (post-show discussion)

Direction: Steve Braddock 
Set Design: David Dwyer
Costume Design: Maureen Stevens
Lighting Design: Patty Rihn 
Sound Design: Chris Ballard
Stage Manager: Jamarion Evans (theatre performance major), Hammond, Ind.
Assistant Stage Managers: Gabriella Galante (theatre performance major) North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Lillian Jarzabek (theatre performance major), Niagara University, N.Y.

Niagara University theatre performance majors who are in the cast include:
Matthew Ball (Leonato), Hammond, Ind.
Julia Cianfrini (Dogberry), Lancaster, N.Y.
Bayleigh Clark (Antonia), Elbridge, N.Y.
Brianna Garcia (Conrad), Akron, N.Y.
Ryan Harbaugh (Borachio), Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Devin Klumpp (Don Pedro), Buffalo, N.Y. 
Justin Kochetta (Claudio), Montgomery, N.Y.
Briege Lennon (Oatcake), Buffalo, N.Y. 
Austin Marshall (Benedick), Buffalo, N.Y.
James David Maxim (Don John), Painted Post, N.Y.
Emily McDonnell (Verges), Middleport, N.Y.
Abigail Mylock (Margaret), Dover Plains, N.Y.
Alida Piracci (Ursula), Buffalo, N.Y.
Samantha Prezioso (Balthasar), Montgomery, N.Y.
Elena Sardinia (Hero), East Syracuse, N.Y.
Miranda Schalberg (Friar Frances), Lewiston, N.Y.
Nyah Searles (Beatrice), Oakville, Ontario
Ava Wils (Seacoal), Buffalo, N.Y.

Ticket Information:
There are three ways to purchase tickets for NU Theatre productions:

1) Online: We offer one of the lowest service fees online. Simply go to: to purchase your tickets, select your seat locations, and your tickets will be emailed directly to you. No need to print them, simply show the barcode on your phone to our house managers when you arrive.

2) In Person: Visit our box office in the lobby of the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall: Monday-Friday 2:30-4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain.

3) Box Office: Call 716.286.8685 or e-mail the box office. Voicemail messages and emails are answered as soon as possible.

Ticket Prices:

$20 general admission for adults

$15 for NU employees, NU alumni, Friends of NU Theatre, seniors 62 and over, and youth 21 and younger (non-NU).

NU students with a valid NU ID are entitled to one ticket per main stage production.

Student Rush Policy: Any non-NU student, 21 and younger, with a current student ID card, may be admitted free of charge when there are seats available. Such tickets will be distributed five minutes prior to curtain. To guarantee tickets, purchase a discounted youth ticket for $10 – $15.