Caitlin Harjes and Travis Johnson rehearse for the Moffat County High School spring play, "Fools," by Neil Simon. 
“Fools” follows the funny and sometimes frustrating plight of young schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky, played by senior Gaven Spears. Tolchinsky attempts to break a 200-year-old curse of stupidity cast upon the village of Kulyenchikev in order to be with the woman he loves, Sophia.

Photo by Darian Warden

Caitlin Harjes and Travis Johnson rehearse for the Moffat County High School spring play, "Fools," by Neil Simon. “Fools” follows the funny and sometimes frustrating plight of young schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky, played by senior Gaven Spears. Tolchinsky attempts to break a 200-year-old curse of stupidity cast upon the village of Kulyenchikev in order to be with the woman he loves, Sophia.

MCHS spring play 'Fools' promises fun for the whole family

If you go

What: Moffat County High School students perform 'Fools' by Neil Simon

When: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 23

Where: Moffat County High School auditorium

Cost: $5

— Preparation is in full swing for Moffat County High School’s spring play, “Fools,” by Neil Simon.

Laughter and wannabe Russian accents filled the MCHS auditorium as actors polished their performances and worked on their stage presence during rehearsal Tuesday night.

Director Heather Dahlberg characterized “Fools” as brilliantly hilarious and appropriate for all ages.

“Fools” follows the funny and sometimes frustrating plight of young schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky, played by senior Gaven Spears. Tolchinsky attempts to break a 200-year-old curse of stupidity cast upon the village of Kulyenchikev in order to be with the woman he loves, Sophia.

The production represents the last chance to catch Class of 2013 seniors performing at MCHS, making “Fools” bittersweet for some of the performers. Still, those seniors are looking forward to their future endeavors.

Senior Travis Johnson said “Fools” is far from his last show. Johnson recently was accepted to the American Music and Dramatic Academy, a prestigious acting school in New York City.

Johnson auditioned in Salt Lake City, performing two, two-minute monologues. Only 31 percent of those who auditioned made the cut.

“I’m so excited,” Johnson said. “It’s pretty hard to get in. People from all over the world audition.”

Johnson has been involved in school plays and musicals since he was a freshman.

“I like this play because it has something for everyone — kids and adults alike,” he said.

Most of the actors said their favorite thing about “Fools” is how silly their characters are.

“I like the over-the-top characters and costumes and the downright ridiculousness of it,” senior Riley Johnston said.

The play will feature some new faces as well. Senior Faith Christensen landed a lead role as Sophia in her first-ever performance. Christensen said she loves acting and is excited for the costumes.

It’s also freshman Stephanie Duarte’s first show, and she said people should come to the play because it’s, well, awesome.

“They’re going to laugh their butts off,” Duarte said.

“Fools” debuts at 7 p.m. Thursday in the MCHS auditorium. Subsequent performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 23. Admission is $5.

Darian Warden can be reached at 970-875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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