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Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 23, 2022 and Island Ad-Vantages, June 23, 2022 and The Weekly Packet, June 23, 2022
There’s Much Ado at Opera House Arts

Opera House Arts will present William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing June 29 through July 17 at 5:30 p.m. Directed by Emma Rosa Went, the play will be performed outdoors at Mariners Memorial Park in Deer Isle, continuing the Opera House Arts tradition of inventive, site-specific theater, a press release notes.

The production includes dance choreographed by Molly Gawler and live music by folk composer Ray Duncan. Performances are held up to five days a week, weather permitting, and seating limited to 75 per show, general admission. Purchase tickets at

“The setting of the production in a mid-1800s working waterfront community is a beautiful compliment to Deer Isle and the history of Mariners Memorial Park itself. It also underscores the play’s themes about gender and a society that’s healing from a conflict,” said Cait Robinson, Artistic Director at Opera House Arts. The rural outdoor setting of the play near the water, with period costumes and original folk songs including guitar and fiddle, gives the play a classic Americana feel.