Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Digital Program

Director's Note

Directing this show has been a welcome change from the quarantine routine! It has been an honor to work with such talented, and dedicated artists, who maintain their passion in the wake of some of the most uncertain times we've experienced in recent history. Thanks to our mutual love for Shakespeare, and the art of performance, I am proud to offer this production to our online community! Thanks are due in no small part to the City of Geneva, and the City of Elgin, for helping us to keep our art alive, and in unexpected ways, even thrive this summer. On behalf of the cast, we hope that this production provides an engaging performance experience, even though we share the screen in lieu of a stage! 

In Gratitude,

Katrina Syrris 

Artistic Director & Founder

Goodly Creatures Theatre

Cast & Crew

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Alex Jorn

Hero (Daughter to Leonato)

Alex Jorn is very excited to play Hero in this digital production of Much Ado About Nothing. This is Alex’s first time performing with Goodly Creatures, and she has had a wonderful time getting to work with everyone. Alex is currently an acting major at Illinois State University. 

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Alex Manuel Teicheira

Conrade (Soldier to Don Pedro, Don John's Aid)

Alex is grateful for the opportunity to work with Goodly Creatures in their Zoom Debut show Much Ado About Nothing. Other recent "Zoom" theater work includes two world premiere plays by Sandy Rustin and Rachel Lynett in production with Florida Studio Theatre.  Recent live stage work includes Native Gardens and The Curious Incident... at Florida Studio Theatre, as well as The German Party at Asolo Repertory Theatre. Alex holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and currently works as a professional actor and arts educator based in Sarasota, Florida.  IG: @alexteicheira, website: alexteicheira@gmail.com

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Devon Ortiz

Verges (Watchman)

Devon is excited to be making his debut with Goodly Creatures. He was recently in The Government Inspector with the Independent Players in Elgin. Other shows he has been in include Suite Surrender (Elgin Theatre Company), Miracle on 34th Street (Albright Community Theatre), and The Tempest (Shakespeare at the Centre). Devon would like to thank his friends and family for there love and support and he hopes to bring a smile to everyone's face during these tough times. 

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Katrina Syrris

Georgette  Seacole (Watchman), Director

Katrina is honored to direct and share the screen with such talented and dedicated actors. Recent performances include Jane in The Yellow Wallpaper, Marya in The Government Inspector with Independent Players, Woman #2 in The Big Meal with Independent Players, and Alice in The Drowning Girls with the Riverfront Playhouse. Katrina is the Artistic Director for Goodly Creatures, and other previous directing credits include  Rope with the Riverfront Playhouse,  and As You Like It with the Midsummer Theatre Troupe. You will also find Katrina performing original standup comedy at the Martini Room, and in her off time, she's a playwright, having written and directed Goodly originals: The Ghosts of Christmas Past (or, Dickens, Capra, and Seuss Walk into a Bar)Nevermore, a dramatic adaptation of Poe, and Goodly Creatures, A Review of Shakespeare's Sonnets for Modern Times. People sometimes ask what she doesn't do. Her response? Sleep. She is grateful for the love and support of her family and her husband, Michael.

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Cam Tucker

Dogberry (Head of the Watchmen)

Cam Tucker is at Carthage studying acting. He has been involved in the theatre scene since he was twelve, and has fallen head over heels for it! Past roles include Cam in Goodly Creatures, A Review of Shakespeare's Sonnets for Modern Times, Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Orlando in As You Like It.

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Eunice Ayodele

Balthasar,  & Original Composer for Music

Mezzo-Soprano Eunice Ayodele received her M.M in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University where she studied under Myra Merritt and her B.A. from Aurora University. With over a decade of experience in performance, she is at home in a range of styles, including opera, musical theatre, jazz, rock, R&B, and blues. In addition to performance, Eunice has been teaching voice and piano for several years now. Ms. Ayodele is an active soloist and has recently finished work with Goodly Creatures' Lit Ladies as Dido Elizabeth Belle and the Toledo Opera Chorus. Some of her operatic roles include: Ino in Semele, Kathrine from L'ivrogne corrigé, Carmen from Carmen, and Dido from Dido and Aeneas. Her musical theatre roles include: Motormouth Mabel from Hairspray, Matron Mama Morton from Chicago, and The Witch from Into the Woods.

Dakota Reed

Borachio (Soldier to Don Pedro, Don John's Aid)

Dakota Reed is an actor from the Midwest and proud graduate of Ball State University's Acting program. His career has led him to roles such as Malcolm in Macbeth, Felix in The Normal Heart, and - his personal favorite - Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher. Dakota was recently cast in a new musical in Sarasota, FL but due to the pandemic, the show has been put on hold. He is incredibly grateful for Goodly Creatures' production of Much Ado About Nothing and the chance to continue doing what he loves in spite of these uncertain times. He’d like to thank the director, Katrina, as well as all the theatre artists who are determined to find ways to make theatre happen. 
See more of Dakota at dakota-reed.com & @_eastdakota_

Tom Ochocinski

Leonato (Nobleman of Messina)

Tom Ochocinski is an actor and retired pharmacist, performing for the second time as a cast member of
Goodly Creatures, Inc. He thanks his creative, and energetic director Katrina for the opportunity to
perform, for the first time, in a play by Shakespeare. He is humbled to work with such a talented,
passionate and fun cast. Past performances include Noises Off (Selsdon), Cinammon Bear (Roly Poly Policeman), Over the River and Through the Woods (Frank), The Real Inspector Hound (Magnus), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
(Warren), and Don’t Talk to the Actors (Mike Policzek). None of his acting adventures would have been possible without the loving support of his family and good friends like Jeff, Dennis and Robin.

Kelsey Skomer

Margaret (Hero's Gentlewoman)

Kelsey Skomer is an actor, executive recruiter, and dungeons and dragons enthusiast. She graduated from Ball State University with a BFA in Acting and pursues theatrical endeavors and voiceover work in her new home of Chicago, IL. She is thrilled to return to the world of Shakespeare with old friends and new. Enjoy the show!

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Guy Moore

Antonio (Brother to Leonato)

Guy Moore's past productions and notable roles include Lennox in Macbeth with the Royal Shakespeare Company, filmed for television in 2001, Silivus/Dennis in As You Like It with the Geilgud Theatre in London, Brindavoine in The Miser with the National Theatre and the Olivier Theatre, among other various roles at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

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Ian Samsami

Claudio (Soldier to Don Pedro)

Ian Samsami has worked on three productions with the Goodly Creatures including Nevermore (Thomas) and A Review of Shakespeare's Sonnets for Modern Times (Ian). He is set to begin his senior year at Illinois State University, where he is pursuing degrees in Mathematics and Economics. He is thankful for the opportunity to continue to create theatre during these strange times, and is excited to share what this cast has created together.

Jayde Al-Angary

Beatrice (Niece to Leonato)

Jayde is thrilled to be a part of this production of Much Ado and making her debut with Goodly Creatures! She has her B.A. in Theatre Studies from Loyola where she has been a part of Fun Home and Failure. She would like to thank her friends, family, and John for their endless support and love.

Joe Guritz

Don John (Brother to Don Pedro)

Joe is a recent graduate from Columbia College Chicago, with an Acting BA and a Voiceover minor. This is his second production with the Goodly Creatures squad, and he couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to create something like this with some top notch people during these trying times. Joe reflects that "Art is such a wonderful escape from everything going on around us, and I think some Shakespeare this midsummer is just what we need. I hope you all enjoy!"

John Drea

Benedick (Soldier to Don Pedro)

Goodly Creatures debut. Recent Chicago credits: Whose Body? (Lifeline); Game of Tiaras (Surging). Film/TV work includes Ashley Green, University Treasure, and the upcoming The Shadows. John will be studying at the School at Steppenwolf in Summer 2021. All my love to my best pal, Jayde. Represented by Big Mouth Talent.

Veronica Martinez

Ursula (Hero's Gentlewoman)

Veronica is thrilled to be working with Goodly Creatures for the first time! Most recently, she appeared as "Helen Cooper/undead” in Theatre on the Hill’s production of Night of the Living Dead in Bolingbrook. Prior works include "Jaquenetta" in BFAC's Shakespeare on Clark's production of Love's Labours Lost, in Batavia, “Elvira Condomine” in The Fox Valley Theatre Guild's production of Blithe Spirit and "Rita Marlowe" in The Riverfront Playhouse's Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter, in Aurora. She is forever grateful to her family for all of their support. Thank you for supporting local theatre!

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Andrew Ross

Friar Francis/Sexton

Andrew has combined years of American Sign Language and love of Theater into Sign Acting. After years of studying ASL, Andrew spent 7 years with the Traveling Hands Theatre Group based out of the Center on Deafness. ASL mainstream performances include Chorus Line at the Pheasant Run Playhouse in St. Charles. The past couple of years Andrew has been working with Elgin Theatre Company; offering Signed Performances over several Seasons, including ETC Production Hamlet Abridged: for the 2019 Elgin Fringe Festival. Andrew returned to the stage in 2019 as Frank Capra in the Goodly Creatures Production of Ghosts of Christmas Past (or, Dickens, Capra, and Seuss Walk into a Bar) By Katrina Syrris, and now:… Much Ado about Nothing.

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Anthony Maggio

Messenger/ Hugh Otecake (Watchman)

This is Anthony's first role with Goodly Creatures Theatre. He has been seen in a variety of high school productions, and is grateful to his friends and family for their love and support.

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Chris Mau

Don Pedro (Prince of Arragon)

Chris would like to thank Katrina for giving him this opportunity to play Don Pedro.  He would also thank the wonderful cast and crew for their patience and awesome work, especially in this difficult time. He could not do any of this without the support of his wife, Kathleen, and his furry babies, Angus and Fiona, who are terrified every time Chris rehearses his lines.

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