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Theatre Ends Season with Production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' (Friday, April 20, 2018 8:00 pm - Monday, April 23, 2018 8:00 pm)

Shakespeare's beloved Beatrice and Benedick, battle their way to love through comic misunderstandings in "Much Ado About Nothing" at Albion College on April 12-15 and April 19-20 in the Dow Recreation Center's Herrick Theatre. All performances are at 8 p.m., except for the 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on April 15. 


Written at the height of Shakespeare's career, "Much Ado" features the running war of wits between Beatrice and Benedick, as each tries to deny their mutual attraction. Jealousy, treachery, a bride stranded at the altar, are all happily resolved thanks to the efforts of an inept policeman and the power of true love.


Tickets for this performance are $5 and are available at the door. For more information, contact the Albion College Theatre Department at 571-629-0344 or

Crupi Poetry Contest Honors Marshall Teacher (Monday, April 23, 2018 5:00 pm)

A local teacher and poetry written across the state are honored at Albion College's Charles Crupi Memorial Poetry Contest event Monday, April 23, at 5 p.m. in the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center.


More than 700 entries were received from high school students across the state, and winners' poems will be read during this event. Winners are: Joseph Felkers, Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School; Eugene Lee, Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, and Zenah Farhan, Saint Joseph High School.


Marshall High School teacher Laura Brownell will also be inducted into the Charles Crupi Society for Excellence in the Teaching of Poetry. This award "recognizes the incredible and important work of teachers," says Albion College English professor Jess Roberts. She explained that Crupi "believed that all students could learn to read and to write poetry and that we are all the better for it."


One of Albion's most popular professors for some 35 years, Crupi retired from the faculty in 2009, passing away in 2010. During his long tenure as the English department chair, Crupi established the Michigan High School Poetry Contest, now renamed in his memory.


This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Albion College English department, 517/629-0232.

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