Much Ado About Nothing
New 2016 Production
Don Pedro returns from battle victorious against his traitorous brother Don John. It sets the premise of the entire play, detailing the reason for Don John's treachery with Claudio. It also shows Don Pedro's kindness and his wish for things to be normal again, which Don John takes advantage of.
After Claudio expresses his love for Hero to his friends, they devise a plan to win Hero for him by pretending to be him. However, Don John takes the masquerade ball and turns it into an opportunity. Here, Don John tells Claudio that Don Pedro wishes to win Hero for himself. At this, Claudio becomes distressed and storms away.
Hold On Loosely
The song Hold On Loosely by .38 Special perfectly represents the lessons on love that the play demonstrates. In the very beginning, the song tells us that you only realize what you had once it's too late. After Claudio disgraces Hero and learns that she has died, he becomes distraught and heartbroken because only then does he realize just how much she really meant to him. Later in the song it states to not let your heart get in the way. After Claudio sees what he thinks is Hero and her lover in the window, he lets his heart get in the way of his reason and immediately accepts that it really is her, which leads to another lyric, "Don't let her slip away you sentimental fool".