The Bishop Noll drama department will present the Neil Simon play ”Fools” on Friday, November 15, at 7:30; Saturday, November 16, at 7:30; and Sunday, November 17, at 2:30 .
‘“Fools” is bright, colorful, and funny,” said Ms. Kayla Jones, director of the drama department, “It’s in my wheelhouse of shows that I love for how silly and goofy they are.”
According to Jones, Fools is a comic fairy tale/fable by Neil Simon, set in a small village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine, during the 19th century. A schoolteacher, Leon Tolchinsky arrives in the village to educate to town doctor’s daughter and falls in love with Sophia. However, it turns out that the town has a curse with stupidity and the only way to break the curse is for Leon to either educate Sophia or marry Count Gregor Yousekevitch.
Because “Fools” is considered a comic fairy tale, Jones hopes to do similar plays in the future.
“I am also wanting to do a theme to the season this year by having Fairytales and Fables,” Jones said.
There are moments where the “fourth wall” is broken so that the characters can talk to the audience, so Jones hopes the audience can play along. Also, there are times where the audience is supposed to clap or cheer, but other times you don’t respond.
Senior Chris Valdes has a lot of confidence in the play this year. He said that it’s very fun and a great time for everyone to come see. Valdes plays Slovitch, a butcher who owns his own shop. He describes his character as having a scruffy voice and compares himself to the butcher because he feels this way when he doesn’t get enough sleep.
“The audience should expect to have a great time with lots of laughs involved” Valdes said.
Chris recommends that “anyone with the slightest interest in acting should come out. It is so much fun and the people are even greater.” “Ms. Jones noted that Drama Club is for everyone whether you been on stage or not. There’s always something to do and the Drama kids are the nicest, most welcoming people.”