Win free tickets to the South Bend Civic Theatre’s Classics in the Courtyard

August 15, 2022 | By: Communications Staff

Through a special partnership with the St. Joe County Public Library, the South Bend Civic Theatre is providing community members up to six (6) free tickets to Classics in the Courtyard, a series of performances of “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Sense and Sensibility”.

Fill out the form below to enter the drawing to receive up to six free tickets. The raffle will close on Wednesday, August 17 for performances happening on Aug. 18-21, and will close on Wednesday, August 24 for performances happening on Aug. 26-28. Names will be randomly selected through an electronic drawing. Tickets can be picked up at the first floor desk at Main Library during regular Library hours.


  • Patrons may request any number of tickets up to six.
  • If you are selected and are unable to attend the concert, please contact the Library ( or 574-282-4646) as soon as possible, so that the next winner can be selected and notified.

If you have any questions please email the St. Joe County Public Library at

About the Performances

The South Bend Civic Theatre presents Classics in the Courtyard, “Sense and Sensibility” and “Much Ado about Nothing”

This year’s Classics in the Courtyard pairing features Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility about the Dashwood sisters and their coming of age, along with Wiliam Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Both performances will take place at the Richard Pfeil Family Courtyard at Main Library, 304 S. Main Street, South Bend. The entrance is through the south parking lot gate. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks and non-alcoholic beverages of choice. Rain dates will be announced if necessary.

Jane Austen’s classic novel, “Sense and Sensibility”, follows the societal struggles of the Dashwood sisters as they navigate the delicate rules of Regency society. After their father dies, the Dashwood sisters watch while their world and social status collapse. Their search for true love and acceptance in society cause them to question their own beliefs, realizing that fairytale endings are not always what one expects.

William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is a comedic play involving two intertwined love stories. The storyline is driven by misunderstandings, deception, and love, creating chaos and intrigue. Don Pedro falls in love with Hero but is tricked by his mischievous brother into believing that she has been unfaithful. In light of this, Don Pedro refuses her at the wedding ceremony. The other couple, Benedick and Beatrice, is tricked into believing that each one cares for the other although their history has shown that they prefer to antagonize each other. This faux revelation makes them reconsider their tumultuous relationship. In the end, all the madness becomes regarded as much ado about nothing.

“Sense and Sensibility” and “Much Ado About Nothing” run from August 12 – August 28. Showtimes are at 7PM. Tickets can be purchased for $25-$30 through the South Bend Civic Theatre.

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