Much Ado About Nothing

Click here for a review of the show by Neil Zolot of the Saugus Advertiser on

The Theatre Company of Saugus announces its production of Much Ado About Nothing, the romantic-dramatic comedy by William Shakespeare.  The director is Anna Lee Percuoco.

The play features the antagonistic (but romantic) relationship between Beatrice and Benedick, two of Shakespeare’s best slingers of insults, and the threats to the romance of their friends Hero and Claudio. The show is set in the summer of 1946, and features an abundance of 1940s music, singing, and dancing.

The performances will be in-person and outdoors at the Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, Massachusetts, on the lawn in front of the visitor center.  See our Directions page. Patrons should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on; we may have a few chairs available.

The performance dates  are June 4-6 and June 11-13, 2021.  (Performances could be extended to June 18-20, if there are too many rainouts earlier.)

We are asking for donations instead of selling tickets. See our Tickets page.

We are please to announce the cast of the show!

  • BeatriceNicole Abbondanza
  • BenedickNick Gould
  • HeroTalia Cutulle
  • ClaudioPatrick Conaway
  • LeonatoJohn Leonard
  • AntoniaSherri Wilcauskas
  • Don PedroCharlie Ferguson
  • Lady JaneKatie Speed
  • Margaret Hanna Burnett
  • Ursula, SeacoleValerie Tracy
  • BorachioTyler Cronin
  • Bianca, SextonKarissa Vincent
  • Connie Nicole Jones
  • DogberryBilly Jenkins
  • Verges Zackary Perry
  • Friar Francis, LaunceKatie Demasi
  • Messenger, Server – Mackayla Beaton

The cast includes several TCS veterans: Hanna Burnett, Talia Cutulle, John Leonard, Zackary Perry, and Shreri Wilcauskas. And we welcome all these new people to the TCS stage: Nicole Abbondanza, Mackayla Beaton, Patrick Conaway, Tyler Cronin, Katie Demasi, Charlie Ferguson, Nick Gould, Billy Jenkins, Nicole Jones, Katie Speed, Valerie Tracy, and Karissa Vincent.

Click here to view the program/playbill.

Rehearsals were first done via Zoom, and continued in May in-person in Saugus, as the cast was entirely vaccinated.

Here is our plan for COVID safety during the rehearsals of this show:

  • While we will be conducting most of the rehearsals over Zoom, TCS will consider having in-person rehearsals by mid-May; possibly earlier depending on how many members of the cast end up fully vaccinated. All in-person rehearsals will be held outside unless otherwise agreed upon by the actors and director.
  • We will do our best to limit the number of people at each rehearsal.
  • Unless required by the specific scene, actors and director will remain physically distanced. We will have markers for people not on stage demonstrating the proper amount of physical distance that should be maintained.
  • Actors will be emailed the script before the first read through and will be expected to print and bring their own copies to rehearsal. They will also be expected to bring anything else they will need (water bottles, pen/pencils, etc.) so as not to share with anyone else in the cast.
  • For now, we plan to have actors and director wear masks during in-person rehearsals. We hope to be able to adjust this for outside rehearsals as we keep an eye on (hopefully) dropping numbers and CDC recommendations.
  • We expect for actors to be vaccinated as soon as possible so that we can (hopefully) be unmasked at the performance. Another option could be an actor quarantining before the performance and getting a rapid test. We will work out the details in accordance with CDC recommendations as the date approaches.
  • Our goal is to hopefully have Much Ado About Nothing performed outside and in-person for the Saugus community. We will follow all standards set forward by the CDC. If the appropriate standards cannot be met, we will consider having the performances virtually, over Zoom.

Photographs below were taken by Sabrina Ornae at our dress rehearsal on June 2, 2021.

Click on an image to see it full-size.

Talia Cutulle as Hero
Karissa Vincent as Bianca the singer
John Leonard as Leonato, Talia Cutulle as Hero, Charlie Ferguson as Don Pedro, Patrick Conaway as Claudio
Nicole Abbondanza as Beatrice
Cast members dance to 1940s music
at center in a black mask: Nick Gould as Benedick
Zack Perry as Verges, Nicole Abbondanza as as Beatrice
Sherri Wilcauskas as Antonia
Zack Perry as Verges, John Leonard as Leonato, Sherri Wilcauskas as Antonia, Talia Cutulle as Hero, Nicole Abbondanza as Beatrice
Charlie Ferguson as Don Pedro, Patrick Conaway as Claudio, Talia Cutulle as Hero, John Leonard as Leonato
Talia Cutulle as Hero, Nicole Abbondanza as Beatrice, Hanna Burnett as Margaret