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Dec. 9, 2013/For Immediate Release, high res. photo available

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



 Taped production of Much Ado About Nothing aired on UNC-TV

WINSTON-SALEM – It’s much ado about something at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), where the television broadcast of its 2012 production Much Ado About Nothing has been nominated for an Emmy Award.

The program, taped and aired by UNC-TV, is nominated in the arts programming category, it was announced by the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The stage production was presented on campus March 29-April 7, 2012, by college seniors in the School of Drama and members of the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra from the School of Music. It was broadcast statewide by UNC-TV on April 9, 2013.

The cast of UNCSA’s 2012 production of Much Ado About Nothing (Photo by Allen Aycock)

“It is thrilling news,” said Katharine Laidlaw, UNCSA’s executive producer, who is named in the nomination. “This nomination is testament to the remarkable talent of our students and faculty, not to mention the hard work we put in to capture the essence of the live production in film. We are pleased we were able to share this unique production with viewers across the state through our partnership with UNC-TV.”

Shannon Vickery, director of production for UNC-TV, said the public television organization is proud of the nomination. “It highlights the wonderful programming being produced through our partnership, and it showcases the very talented students, faculty and staff of UNCSA,” she added.

The regional Emmys will be presented Jan. 25, 2014, from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

UNCSA’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's most spirited and sophisticated battle of the sexes, was set to Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score, in a new edition prepared by the music-publishing house, Schott, in collaboration with world-renowned conductor and former UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri. The stage production marked the first time the complete score was performed with the Shakespeare play in the United States and was the first fully integrated production since the music was outlawed by the Nazis in 1933.

Drama Assistant Dean Bob Francesconi directed the stage production, with musical direction by Mauceri. The scenic designs were by John V. Bowhers, then a fourth-year college student in the university’s School of Design and Production and the winner of the 2012 U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology’s W. Owen Parker Award, the highest award for a student scenic designer in the United States. The costumes were designed by Christine Turbitt, director of the Costume Design and Technology Program in the School of Design and Production. All elements of the production were constructed by the students of the school, under the mentorship of their professional faculty.

The filmed version, funded by a grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, with generous support from The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and The William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for the Arts, was directed by David Stern, who also directed the cameras for UNCSA’s award-winning, televised production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! 

A commercial musical recording of the score was released in April 2013 on the Toccata Classics label. It was reviewed positively by Music Web International, music critic Stephen Smoliar of examiner.com, Audiophile magazine, and Classics FM, the United Kingdom’s only 100 percent classical music radio station.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to fostering excellence in television. The academy has 19 chapters with 15,000 members nationwide. The Nashville/Midsouth Region encompasses the states of North Carolina (except Asheville) and Tennessee, and northern Alabama.


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.