Travis Johnson and Caitlin Harjes perform during the opening night of Moffat County High School's production of "Fools" by Neil Simon. The production runs through Saturday with three more opportunities for the community to watch the comedic play.

Photo by Darian Warden

Travis Johnson and Caitlin Harjes perform during the opening night of Moffat County High School's production of "Fools" by Neil Simon. The production runs through Saturday with three more opportunities for the community to watch the comedic play.

'Fools' opens to big laughs at Moffat County High School

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— When Moffat County High School senior Gaven Spears auditioned for the spring play “Fools,” he wasn’t sure whether he had time to be anything more than a bush in the background.

“With track, all-state choir and preparing for college, I wasn’t sure I would have time for anything other than a role as a minion,” Spears said.

But after the reaction of the audience Thursday night at the opening of “Fools,” he was glad he took on the work of a lead role.

“It was so worth it,” Spears said. “I love it so much.”

The so-stupid-its-funny show follows school teacher Leon Tolchinsky, played by Spears, as he 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.

Each actor gave over-the-top performances leaving the audience in stitches.

“Kids get one humor, adults get the other,” Director Heather Dahlberg said.

Dazzling costumes matched the performances of actors with sparkling patterns and flowing fabric.

First-time performer Faith Christensen, a senior, she said it was scary.

“I almost passed out at first,” Christensen said. “I was hyperventilating.”

But by the end of the play, Christensen said she felt proud of her performance and very confident.

“It’s definitely something I want to do forever and ever,” Christensen said.

Senior Skooter Byrnes elicited laughs from the audience nearly every time he spoke playing Count Gregor.

“I like that he’s evil but still quite hilarious,” Byrnes said about his character.

Spears said the performance felt great and the cast did what it needed to. His goal for the remaining shows is to get more laughs.

With three more shows to go, one Friday night and two Saturday, Dahlberg’s message to the community is, “Come, please come. Give it a chance. It’s meant to be fun, and it’s cheap entertainment.”

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

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