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Catawba to Host Community Reading of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”

January 13, 2019

Category: Academics, English, Events

sinnott2019.pngThe Salisbury Shakespeare Readers, having collectively explored “Hamlet,”  “King Lear,” and “The Winter’s Tale” in the last three years, will undertake the delightful comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” this February and March in a continuation of the community readings hosted by Catawba College. Dr. Bethany Sinnott, Catawba retired Shakespeare professor, will again facilitate the readings.

The weekly community readings are slated to begin at 7 p.m. in the second floor Rendleman Conference Room of the Hedrick Administration Building at Catawba on consecutive Tuesdays -  February 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5 and 12. Copies of the Folger Shakespeare Library paperback edition of “Much Ado About Nothing” will be available for use by the participants. The group will read one of the play’s five acts act each week; an additional reading date is included as a contingency in the schedule in case a weekly reading is cancelled due to inclement weather.

MuchAdo.jpgDr. Sinnott will provide a brief introduction to “Much Ado About Nothing” on February 5.  Community participants of all ages are encouraged to attend and may attend one or all of the sessions as their schedules permit.  Participants, sitting in a circle, will read aloud each scene before discussing it briefly.  Although everyone is encouraged, they are not required to read aloud. Dr. Aaron Butler, Catawba Assistant Professor of English who teaches Shakespeare classes at Catawba, and former Catawba Theatre Arts Professor Linda Kesler will assist with the weekly program.

Dr. Sinnott, English Professor Emerita at Catawba, holds a B.A. from Duke, M.A. from Northwestern, and Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill. Recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the South Atlantic Association of Departments of English in 2000, she was the first recipient of the Leona Fleming Herman Endowed Professorship at Catawba. She has also served as lecturer for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. “Much Ado About Nothing” is one of the most popular of Shakespeare’s “happy comedies.”  Benedick and Beatrice are the lovable, witty and competitive main characters in this romantic comedy. Confirmed bachelor Benedick and verbally aggressive Beatrice share some of the most memorable scenes in this light-hearted treatment of romantic love. Scheming friends and evil-intentioned villains complicate the plot, while the linguistically challenged Constable Dogberry delights the audience with his ludicrous attempts to insure that justice rules. 

For questions about this year’s “Much Ado About Nothing”reading, Dr. Sinnott may be reached at or (704) 637-0136.


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