Kings Players Present Much Ado Out West

Nov 1, 2023 | 2023 Articles, Theatre

by Cyndie Maxwell

Every few years, the Kings Players, located at the historic Temple Theater in Hanford, produces a show that includes or is comprised of all young people. It is their hope that it instills an appreciation for the process of theater and the joy of performing. Many young actors in the past have gone on to perform in high school and on the Kings Players’ stage, as well as careers in the performing arts.

Much Ado Out West is just that show. This is a western inspired from Shakespeare’s hilarious battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. The cowboys arrive home from the Civil War, where they spent the entire time in a lonely outpost, and the only injury they incurred was from an overheated pot of coffee. They still expect a hero’s welcome, but instead find the womenfolk have been doing all the roping and ranching. Despite how the cowpokes and the ladies of the ranch taunt each other, love seems to be in the air.

Director, Cyndie Maxwell says this is not her first rodeo directing a young cast. She says, “They likely learn their blocking and lines a lot faster – but with a whole lot more energy!”

Although they are young, the actors work hard developing their characters and creating a good, finished product. Of course, dressing up as a cowboy is fun no matter what the age! It is Cyndie’s hope these actors have enjoyed this experience and will continue theater in high school and, of course, with Kings Players when they can.

The farm is owned by Aunt Sue and Emmalyn Streeter, with her right-hand men… er ladies …. Maggie, Jayden Willis, Sally, and Lucy Campbell.

We have Paul Liantonio who plays Ben, a confirmed bachelor and Elora McGrath as Betty, whose venomous tongue validates his feelings. There’s Claude (Brody Mechtly), whose love for the lovely Winny (Aubrey Price) knows no bounds.

The cast also includes a not-so-brave sheriff, Olivia Snell; the peace-maker Pedro, Izzy Farris; Calamity Jake, Millie Mackey; and finally, Drake Turnabout, the infamous cattle rustler, Evan Gomez.

The Temple Theater was remodeled a couple years ago to accommodate wheelchairs and “no-step” access to seating. Now everyone can enjoy local, live theater!

Although the show is comprised of middle school-aged actors, the twists and turns of Much Ado Out West are fun for an audience of all ages! So, grab your kids or grandkids and join the fun! See y’all soon!

Evenings Shows: 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11, and 17.
Afternoon Matinees: 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 12, 18, and 19.
Tickets are $15 and available at or call 584-7241 for assistance.
Ticket Packages: Four tickets for $50. Save $10. Use all at once or one at a time.

Check out more local entertainment articles in our Arts & Entertainment section. And don’t miss out on Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast where we feature mystery stories read by local actors!


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