Carolinian Shakespeare Festival presents Much Ado About Nothing

NEW BERN, N.C.–The Carolinian Shakespeare Festival is happy to announce the festival’s main presentation this year.  The festival will present Shakespeare’s timeles romantic comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing.”  The play will be presented August 2nd – 9th in the Cullman Performance Hall at Tryon Palace’s North Carolina History Center.  The North Carolina History Center is located at 529 South Front Street in New Bern, N.C.

The Carolinian Shakepseare Festival’s Producing Artistic Director, Mary Mcginley shared her thoughts on returning to perform again this year.  She said, “This is everyone’s favorite play. ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is high comedy and its word-play and banter are things of beauty. We’re so happy we’ve been invited back to perform this delightful comedy at Tryon Palace’s Cullman Hall. It’s going to be a great festival!”

Regarding the cast for this year’s production, McGinley noted, “We’ve worked hard to put together the perfect cast for this comedy about two reluctant lovers who always try to get the last word. We’ve auditioned more than two hundred actors in New Bern and New York City. I think we’ve come up with a terrific combination and I can’t wait to work with all of them.”

This year’s production features a highly trained group of thespians.  Beatrice will be played by Anna Phyllis Smith.  Smith has a BFA from Adelphi University and has also studied at the London Dramatic Academy.  She has worked with the New York Shakespeare Fest, Manhattan Shakespeare Project and Olympic Shakespeare Productions.

Beatrice’s love interest, Benedick, will be portrayed by Scott Renzoni.  Renzoni boasts his own list of accomplishments.  He is a former “Jeopardy!” champion.  He earned a degree in theater from St. Michael’s College, and now works for Shakespeare & Co.  in Lenox, MA.  To get a full cast listing and bio on each cast member, go online to

Tickets for the play can be purchased by phone at 252-639-3524 or toll free at 800-767-1560 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  They can also be purchased in person at the North Carolina History Center Ticket Desk at Tryon Palace during regular hours.  More information on the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival is available online at the festivals’ new website, and at

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