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GBC Theatre Program Performs Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Please join the Great Basin College Theatre Program for its production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Tuesday through this Saturday, October 24-28 at 7:30 PM. 2 PM matinee on Saturday. $10 general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens.

The production will be directed by John Patrick Rice. Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of Benedict and Beatrice, two very smart, very clever people who for their own reasons have sworn off marriage. But their adamant oppositions to the institution of marriage are actually the foundation for the true love they ultimately find for one another,” Rice says.

However, as with all of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies, it can’t be as simple as that. The story includes the course of true love as experienced by the young Hero and her lover Claudio. Mistaken identity and the evil machinations of the bastard Don John nearly lead to tragedy. But the intervention of the bumbling constable Dogberry save the day and everyone finally lives happily ever after.

Rice said this production will take a new turn for the GBC Theatre Program. “We will be presenting Much Ado using a multi-media platform,” Rice said. The story will be told using both live performance on stage and filmed performances. “We’ll be busy, and the process will give student actors the opportunity to work on both film and stage acting techniques. It’s an exciting new opportunity for our theatre program.”

For GBC students, staff, and faculty in Battle Mountain, Elko, Pahrump, Tonopah and Winnemucca, the production will be live-streamed on Thursday and Friday. For more information and a live-stream link, please contact Rice at 775-753-2240 or

Who We Are and What We Do!

The Great Basin College Theater Program has been transforming the American Theatre Experience since 1996. As part of the Great Basin College Arts and Letters Department, students and faculty join together for enlightened experiences of fine arts, humanities, English, foreign language and communication. The programs are critical components of every academic and training degree program offered by the college.

GBC Theatre offers courses in acting, oral interpretation, stage voice, movement for the stage, theatre technology, dramatic analysis and more. Special Topic courses are added to the schedule regularly, generally taking advantage of the specific skills GBC Theatre’s many guest artists and instructors can provide. In the past, courses in playwrighting, armature, effects makeup, Suzuki Movement Training, stage combat and comedy improv have been offered.

As the mission of Great Basin College has expanded, so has its reach. The college service area now includes more than half of Nevada’s seventeen counties, covers 80% of Nevada’s geographical area, and serves five percent of the state’s total population. It’s a big state, and Great Basin College intends to educate it. Using state of the art distance learning technologies, students in even the furthest reaches of Nevada will have equitable access to the opportunities higher education has been providing to their urban counterparts for decades. It requires fierce commitment from the college and creates a tremendous opportunity for the entire state of Nevada.

GBC theatre now offers almost all of its courses using distance-learning technologies. By combining traditional theatre teaching techniques with advanced technologies, students are accessing a learning experience with seasoned theatre professionals that heretofore had not even been conceived. And, what’s more, they are being prepared for the theatre of today. Added to other fine arts and humanities courses already offered with distance technologies, and it is easy understand why Great Basin College is recognized as one of the most efficient and innovative colleges in the state.

For More Information Contact

John Patrick Rice Ph.D.
Director of Theatre
Great Basin College
Phone: 775-753-2240

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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