Farmington area theatre troupe presents ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

What is the nature of attraction? Is deception inherently evil? Can love right all wrongs?

Those questions and more are addressed in the Thistle Rose Players production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” which opens February 21 at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington. The classical adaptation, disguised as a light-hearted romp, tells two tales of deception and trickery. All is set right in the end, though, as love wins the day.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council
Thistle Rose
(Paul Manoian Photography)

Thistle Rose Players, a division of Thistle Rose Academy of Arts, is a mobile theater company, collaborating with local venues for performances. This performance will be located in a smaller, custom studio theater, which offers a full audience immersion in the sights and sounds of Shakespeare.

Performances are slated Thursday, Feb. 21, and Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit

Cast & Crew

  • Dona Pedra: Pat Rodgers
  • Don John/Sexton: Paul Manoian
  • Claudio: Devin Berry
  • Benedick: Keith Janoch
  • Conrad/Attendant: Kyle Coykendall
  • Borachio/Messenger: Alec Manoian
  • Balthasar/Watchman #2: Anna Holdsworth
  • Leonato: Alex Zull
  • Hero: PJ Sallans
  • Beatrice: Rachael L. Rose
  • Margaret/Verges: Lauran Bryan
  • Ursula/Watchman #1: Maureen Jackson Levy
  • Friar Francis/Dogberry/Drummer: Brigid Blaschak
  • Director: Lindsay Hawkins
  • Producer: Lauran Bryan
  • Stage Manager: Morgan Goodley
  • Choreography: Pam Jusino
  • Scenic Design: Keith Janoch and Lindsay Hawkins
  • Lighting Design: Paul Manoian
  • Costume Design: Morgan Goodley
  • Sound Design: Rachael L. Rose

— Press release

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