Article by Paola Hernandez, EMU Engage Intern
I had the pleasure of watching Ypsilanti Youth Theatre’s run through for their upcoming play “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare. Everyone was enthusiastic to make sure their act would be perfect for their opening performance tonight!
A beautiful set awaits behind the doors of the theater made up of great scenes with a grand entrance in the middle of the stage. The main scene is composed of a tiki-like house with an opening that is used as an entrance and exit for the characters of the play.
The play follows the story of Benedick and Beatrice being tricked into confessing their love to each other. It also follows Claudio and Hero being rejected at the altar for Claudio thinks she is being unfaithful. Benedick and Beatrice make it their mission to help Hero and Claudio reconcile and at the end of the play, a dance number celebrates the two couples’ marriages.
Director Megan Wright led the development with the help of many volunteers. They all showed a unity as all of the actors did a great job at playing their characters and moving from one scene to the next. Shakespeare’s comedic elements are well presented by all of the actors.
I encourage you to go see this play as you don’t want to miss this great performance put on by the Ypsilanti Youth Theatre. This play has it all from superb acting by young talented actors to creative musical scenes.
“Much Ado About Nothing” runs from Friday, March 16, 2018: 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 17, 2018: 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and Sunday, March 18, 2018: 1:00 PM the theatre is located in the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti MI.
Article Reprint from “Concentrate” Ann Arbor
Riverside Arts Center (RAC) executive director Emily Tuesday envisions a beehive when she thinks about the role she wants the center to play in the Ypsilanti community. She draws parallels between the production of honey, with bees busily buzzing in and out of the hive, and the creation of art. Since the buzzing of bees is reflective of their productivity, Tuesday would like the diversity of sounds emanating from the building to be symbolic of the activity that’s happening inside.
“The sound level totally indicates community. The busier it is and the more the sound is increasing, I feel like we’re getting closer to our mission,” Tuesday says. “It means we’re alive. We’re more than just a building, we’re all the people within it. I love the idea that multiple rooms are lit up with totally different mediums and meetings and groups.”
Saturday Evenings at RAC
Every 4th Saturday
Starting Feb 2th, 7-11 pm
In the Off Center Gallery
Grove Studios and Riverside Arts Center are proud to present Grove Studios Live @ RAC. A series of monthly event collaborations to take place every 4th Saturday. These events will correspond with the featured Gallery events.
They will include music, dance, spoken word and live artist presentations.
Up coming evening events:
Feb 27: Black History Month
Mar 24: Women’s History Month
Apr 28: Ypsilanti Community High School
May 26: Sculpture Park
And more to follow…….