Parkway Playhouse Season continues with full length student-driven comedy from celebrated playwright Neil Simon!
Parkway Playhouse Junior, which helps hundreds of students explore personal creativity as well as build character and confidence through hands-on performing arts experiences, has never stopped growing since the program was launched in the fall of 2010. On May 27 and 28, at 7:30 pm, advanced students in the program will present Fools, which is a comedy by the prolific comedic genius Neil Simon (writer of The Odd Couple, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Goodbye Girl, and many others). Tickets, which range from $5.00 to $11.00, are available at the door or by calling 828-682-4285.
Fools, a comic fable, takes place ‘a long time ago’, in a fictional Ukrainian village. A young school teacher, Leon, is about to begin his first teaching assignment as tutor to the village doctor’s beautiful daughter, Sophia. The problem is, Sophia appears to be unable to learn or use basic common sense. In fact, the entire village has been cursed with stupidity.
Leon pledges that he will break the curse over the town once and for all. However, he has only 24 hours to accomplish the feat or, he too, will become a ‘fool’.
The cast consists of area High School Students who have been involved with the Parkway Playhouse Junior program for several years. The cast includes students Elijah Briggs, Levi Bradford, Olivia Hughes, Hana Stella, Aneka Happer, Isabelle Hughes, and Paloma Soto. The production is being directed by Mary Katherine Smith-Gall, Parkway Playhouse’s Director of Education. Smith-Gall developed and has led Parkway Playhouse Junior since its inception in 2010.
In addition to Smith-Gall, the cast features several adult-performers who are working with students on this production; Taylor Hutchison, Kristen Donelle Livengood, and Graham Livengood.
“Parkway Playhouse Junior is a good idea that has only gotten better” says Parkway Playhouse Artistic Director, Andrew Gall. “We are thrilled to be developing more opportunities for students to grow and stretch. Fools is a wonderful vehicle for the myriad talents of many of our students, and I hope it is the first of many more student-driven productions that we will see on our stage.”