KI High thespians to present ‘Fools’
STEVENSVILLE — Laughter is said to be “good medicine.” Prepare for a heaping spoonful of “good medicine” at the Kent Island High School drama department’s production of Neil Simon’s “Fools,” which opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the school’s auditorium. The show runs for six performances, Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 12 and 13 all at 7 p.m., and a concluding matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.
KI High’s drama department has established a standard of excellence under direction of Kevin Reagan. He has been teaching at KI since 2008 and has grown the drama program and showcased the talents of many students.
This is the third time Reagan has done the play “Fools” at KIHS. It was his first play when he arrived, and later that year he produced his first spring musical, “42nd Street.” He waited five years before having his students do “Fools” again, and now it has been another five years. Needless to say, “Fools” is a Reagan favorite. He said, “It’s a great show. It’s a fun show. Our students enjoy it.”
There are two casts that rotate with each performance date. Reagan has been blessed with an abundance of great talent and continues to share the wealth with all his students. Main character Leon Tolchinsky is shared between Christopher Guaraldo (Blue Cast) and Braden Andrew (Silver Cast). Many other students will impress as they fulfill their characters in this play.
The cast, together, were asked, “Why should the public come?” Collectively, they responded: There’s a lot of creative humor, emphasizing the word creative. We’ve all taken each character to heart as our own, individually. We all work well together.
The late Neil Simon is considered by many to be one of the best playwright’s in the world. He received more Academy and Tony award nominations than any other writer, also receiving a Pulitzer Prize for “Lost in Yonkers.”
“Fools” originally premiered on Broadway in 1981. It’s the story of Leon Tolchinsky landing what he thinks is a terrific job teaching in a Russian hamlet. However, after he arrives, discovers everyone in the village has been cursed for 200 years with Chronic Stupidity. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too will become stupid. The situation provides for a quick-paced comedy.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and can be purchased online with instant seat selection through the KIHS website, or purchase them at the ticket office inside the school prior to the show.
The cast of Kent Island High School’s Neil Simon’s comic fable “Fools,” from the left, front row, Joey Perticone, Chris Guaraldo, Karenna Foley, Matthew Garvey, and Madison Riley, back row, Kaitlyn Miller, McKenna Lev, Braden Andrew, Hanna Petursson, Caitlin Shaw, Logan Donnelly, Ashlyn Newcomer, and Seth McLaughlin. Performances begin Thursday evening, Oct. 4.