Most actors don't want to look stupid on stage when they perform.
But actors at Moffat County High School do -- and they don't want to just look stupid -- they want to make fools of themselves.
The title of the play the MCHS theater department is performing for the next three nights -- "Fools" -- says it all.
Set in a small village, the play revolves around a schoolteacher who takes a job in a community in which everyone is a fool.
But it's not their fault.
The village has been struck with a curse that leaves its residents stumbling, bumbling, confused and forgetful.
It's the teacher's job to break the curse.
The curse, students say, makes for fun acting.
Acting ignorant, which is the goal, takes some of the pressure off, said freshman cast member Lacey Hoffman.
"If you do something stupid, it's part of the play," she said.
Junior Drew Lyon plays Leon the schoolteacher, the only intelligent character in the performance.
He said it is difficult to keep a straight face during some of the goofy scenes and tried to describe the tone of the performance.
"I wouldn't say it's cheesy, but it's that sort of humor," he said. "It has a cheesy edge."
Lyon said "Fools" requires a different mindset for him and many of the actors who were involved in last fall's musical.
"It's a direct turn around from 'Les Miserables,'" he said.
While the actors on stage can let loose with goofiness this weekend, so will the audience.
Parker Jones, a 2002 MCHS graduate, volunteered to hold signs prompting the audience to laugh at the cheesy jokes, cheer for the hero and boo at the villain.
"I definitely like getting people hyped because I'm a little crazy myself," he said.
Director Amy Coleman said the actors have taken advantage of the goofy plot and characters.
"They've had fun because there's so much flexibility," she said. "There's no limit to how far they can stretch it."
She said people of all ages who just need a laugh could enjoy the performance.
"It's fun," Coleman said. "People can come and forget about things like war and everything else for two hours."
The plot also involves a love story, which senior Maggie Rugh said makes the play all the better.
"It's funny and everyone likes to laugh," she said. "And it's a love story, and everyone likes love stories."
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