Students at Canal Winchester High School will don dresses and doublets and sharpen their iambic pentameter as they perform Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" Feb. 13 and 15.

Students at Canal Winchester High School will don dresses and doublets and sharpen their iambic pentameter as they perform Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" Feb. 13 and 15.

According to information from "master of revels" and high school teacher Todd Phillips, the show will be the school's 19th annual madrigal dinner performance.

The evening will include a professionally catered five-course meal starting at 7 p.m. on Friday and luncheon at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices are $15 for Friday and $10 for Sunday. The show will be held at the high school, 300 Washington St.

"We sell out every year," senior Dennis Bradt said while waiting to go on stage during a rehearsal last week.

Bradt said this is his fourth year performing in the madrigal dinner. He estimated a crowd of about 200 will fill the building's cafetorium during the performance.

He said he will play Conrad.

"I am a villain, per se," he added.

Junior Kevin Tate said this is his first year performing in the madrigal dinner.

"Mr. Phillips is really enthusiastic about it, so from the beginning, we knew it was going to be fun," Tate said.

He said his friends convinced him to audition for the show. He got the part of Dogberry.

"He's the constable of the town and he's a complete idiot," Tate said.

"Think of Barney Fife," Bradt added.

Sophomore Alisha Bias said this is her second year as a madrigal performer.

"I'm always so nervous, but when you get on stage, it just comes out and you're, like, the character," she said.

Bias said she will play Ursula, a handmaiden.

"It's not a really huge part, but it's about the experience," she added.

Before getting on stage to hone his skills for a fencing scene, senior Mike Kesselring said he will play the role of Benedick, "love of Beatrice and friend of Claudio."

"When doing Shakespeare, it's all about the emotions you have to show," he said.

Kesselring said this year will be his fourth in the madrigal dinner, although having a lead role is a new experience.

Beatrice will be played by Leigh Hinkle, a junior who will give her second performance in the madrigal dinner.

"This is the strongest cast I've seen by far," she said. "It's just very natural, back and forth."

She said she attributes the strength of the cast to the chemistry among the students. They are all in the same performing arts class and are good friends.

Although "Much Ado About Nothing" is one of Shakespeare's more famous comedic tales of love, Hinkle said some of the dramatic moments in the show will be "very intense."

"They keep you on the edge of your seat," Bias added.

Friday's show will feature a five-course meal served between the play's five acts. Sunday's luncheon will include four courses, Phillips said.

There will be singing and dancing and audience participation will be encouraged, the students said.

"It's going to be good," Kesselring said.

For reservations, or more information, call (614) 836-1448.