This evening at 7:30PM the "curtain" goes up on the West Allis Players' production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing". I have the part of Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, which I've been having good fun with. When I auditioned, I hadn't considered this role. I was interested in Don John the villain, or Leonato, Hero's father, figuring that I was too old for the young lovers like Benedick. Oddly enough, the bunch of people that tried out for this show "skewed old" on the men's side, with the result that only the man playing Conrad, one of Don John's men, and Don John himself do not have at least a little bit of gray hair. This may be a bit premature in the case of "young Count Claudio," but Benedick, Leonato, and myself all fall in the "fiftyish" demographic, as do Dogberry, Verges, Hugh Oatcake, and Borachio, with our Friar over that. Don Pedro isn't as large a role as Benedick or Leonato, but it is pivotal, since "the Prince" sparks both the weddings that the action of the play concerns: Hero to his protege, Claudio, and that of Beatrice and Benedick. It's been a good cast to work with, many of whom I've worked with before, and it's going to be a good show, but we've really come down to the wire pulling this one together. We had a short rehersal period to begin with, lost a couple to bad weather, and what with flu and job conflicts, it's been a rare night when we've actually had all the cast present at the same time. Work's been very busy, also, so if I haven't been working for the last couple weeks I've been rehearsing while trying to cram in household maintainance and other commitments on such weekends as remain. Fortunately, there isn't much scheduled this weekend other than the play itself, so I have some time to catch up to things--.