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Wednesday November 2, 2016 at 3:22pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: District, High School


Young schoolmaster gets a job in a remote, pastoral village. He arrives eager to meet the locals, and get right to work. Not so fast. From the shepherd to the mailman, the baker to the town’s doctor, he meets with the dimmest, most unteachable—if affable—line of characters. Quite frankly, they are “fools,” and they blame it on an ancient curse. What’s a green schoolmaster to do? Get your tickets to find out!

“The classic humor and folly of this show has given us the confidence to step out of our comfort zones and really grow as actors—and as individuals. It’s been a great time and an amazing experience,” said Billy Schiele, a junior playing a shepherd named Something Something Snetsky.


Kayleigh Evans, a junior playing Sophia, credits the cast and production team with creating a family-like atmosphere that gave everyone a safe space to take risks and flourish.


With the story set in rural Kulyenchikov, Ukraine (USSR), in the 19th century, the work of costume designer Cathy Cooper began with extensive research over the summer. Mrs. Cooper, a retired art teacher of 31 years, has been designing costumes for the high school drama club since 2009. On the “Fools” set, she worked closely with June Higgins and hair and wig designer Lisa Ferrier.  The results are striking!


“Fools” is directed by Gary Passamonte, third-grade teacher and drama program director for 15 years, and by students Victoria Duncan and Kenneth Cole, both in their senior year.


Premiered on Broadway in 1981, Neil Simon’s "Fools" premiers at Minisink Valley High School on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., with two additional shows on Friday and Saturday, also at 7.


Tickets are $10; $7 for students and seniors. To purchase online go to Support the high school drama club and its many volunteers. And have a hilarious time!