Northview Thespian Troupe 872 will present Neil Simon's comical farce FOOLS on Nov. 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Northivew Auditorium. Tickets are $3 and may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 448-2661 Ext. 1235.
The play takes place in the cursed Ukrainian village of Kulyenchikov where for two hundred years every villager has suffered the curse of absolute stupidity. For example, Snetsky (junior Daniel Reinoehl), the town shepherd, can't remember his first name and Yenchna (junior Miranda Caldwell) thinks the flowers she sells are fish.
Into this village of fools comes Leon Tolchinsky (junior Cody Nicoletti), an idealistic young schoolteacher, who rushes in to save the town from the curse (or as villagers invariably call it "the nurse, no, the purse, no the hearse...). Leon is lured to Kulyenchikov by a totally misspelled advertisement placed by the town's intellectual, Dr. Zubritsky (sophomore Derek Latham) and his wife Lenya (senior Charla Freeman), to educate the doctor's daughter, Sophia (senior Krista Wilson), and rid the village of its curse. Leon, of course, falls madly in love with this damsel who has just recently learned how to sit.
With one day or "25 hours" according to the villainous Count Gregor Yousekevitch (junior Cody Whitesell) to educate at least one person or fall victim to the curse himself, Leon struggles to teach Sophia something.
Humorous scenes are also provided by the butcher, Slovich (junior Tyler Hutcheson), by post woman Mishka (senior Amber Guthrie) and her mute brother Mishkin (junior Trent Piatt), and by the 79-year-old Magistrate (senior Cecil Archer). The cast is rounded out by the appearance of thirty townspeople.
Director Nancy Ewing & Assistant Director Dianna Knox have been working with students on the show since the first week of Sept. Student leaders include Stage Manager Michelle Deighton, Student Assistant Stephanie Frakes, Stage Run Manager Elizabeth Horrall. Over forty students have been working in crews.