usersguideshakespeareMiddletown theater group ARTFARM has taken over the field behind Founder’s Hall. Every weeknight since the beginning of June, the space has been busy with the actors and staff of ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove 2013 production of the comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The weekends have been occupied by set designer Brian Sharron and his hard-working crew creating a beautiful 40’ wide veranda of a Renaissance Italian palace which serves as the main set piece for the show.

Nineteen actors, 15 staff members and a host of volunteers have been acting, dancing, fighting, building, painting, trying on costumes and masks, assembling props and weapons, digging a small reflecting pool, learning music, painting lawn signs and in all ways preparing for the July 18 opening of Much Ado.Rehearsal

This classic comedy runs July 18 – 21 and 25 – 28. A different musical performer opens each evening at 6 pm, and the play starts at 7 pm. Student tickets are just $10. Grab a blanket and picnic, and enjoy some great theater and the cool breeze in the lovely Cedar Grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley.

The Shakespeare in the Grove production is a part of Shakespeare on Campus, a six month partnership between ARTFARM and Middlesex Community College, funded by the Department of Economic and Community Development and Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Written by Dic Wheeler, executive director of ARTFARM