Summer Theatre: “Much Ado About Nothin’ the Musical”

Burkhalter Productions, in cooperation with Huntley Community School District 158, is thrilled to present Much Ado About Nothin’ the Musical.

The year is 1929. The war between silent movies of the 1920s and the new auditory cinema of the 1930s (known as the “Talkies”) is over. Cinema with sound, music, and dancing is what the public wants. When three silent film stars and a piano player come to the realization that their careers are over, they visit an old vaudeville haunt in Messina, Montana hoping to find a new beginning.

There they meet old friends and new (not to mention old loves too!) and an epic love story between the stars, their newfound sweethearts, and past loves, reignites a flame to bring the audiences back in love with the old vaudeville stage in Messina.

The stars suggest a musical, a show within a show, to bring people from all around to the run-down saloon and stage. Through crazy antics, mistaken identity, two weddings, and even a bear, the stars learn that their true aspirations are in love and friendship, rather than fame.

Writer Holly Beardsley uses the original comedic effect in this rewritten modern musical version of Shakespeare’s classic play, Much Ado About Nothing. With a nod to Irving Berlin and the jukebox musicals of the early twentieth century, Much Ado About Nothin’ the Musical is a swinging good time, with a laugh and song to leave you whistlin’ for more.

Directed by Holly Beardsley with the assistance of student directors Emma Erturk and Emily Rubino, Much Ado About Nothin’ the Musical features a cast of nearly 60 fifth through tenth grade students acting, singing and dancing their way through this hilarious musical. The show also features lavish costumes by Janet Burkhalter, dance instruction by student choreographers Clare Bahn and Presley Blake, and vocal instruction by recent HHS graduate Dani Bahn.

Much Ado About Nothin’ the Musical will be performed for audiences on July 27-29 at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee performance on July 29 at 2PM in the Huntley District 158 Performing Arts Center located at Huntley High School. Tickets are $5 each, general seating and can be purchased at the door. Children 3 and under are free.

For more information please contact Janet Burkhalter at or Lorie Woods, Director of Huntley 158 Performing Arts Center at (847) 659-6107.

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