Theatre

Things are happening at Wooster Theatre!

Wooster School is excited to announce new Head of Theatre Department, Claire Simard and new Acting Teacher and Director of Fall and Winter Shows, Don Bovingloh. They join returning Theatre faculty Andrea Barrett and Kim Gerardi. Learn more about our theatre faculty.

Auditions for Upper School Fall Drama - Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4 (after school until 5:30 pm); Callbacks will be on Monday, September 8

Possible Plays for the Fall Show

  • Fools - 10 actors (7 men - 3 women)
  • The Nerd - 7 actors (5 men - 2 women)

THE NERD - by Larry Shue

Broadway – 1988 - Winner of best play of the year, London.

www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=1283

Photos: http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/reviews/20140810105546/2014-08-14/Theatre-Arlington/The-Nerd

THE STORY:

Aspiring young architect, Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, "you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you" - so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless "nerd" - a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. As Rick stays on and on, his continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence - a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprising "twist" ending of the play.

FOOLS - A comic fable - by Neil Simon

Broadway, 1981 – Directed by Mike Nichols

www.samuelfrench.com/p/2826/fools-neil-simon

THE STORY:
Leon Tolchinsky, a school teacher struggles to lift the curse of stupidity placed on the citizens of a long-ago Russian village. He is ecstatic. He's landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon's job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes Stupid. But, he has fallen in love with a girl so Stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down.

Contacts for The Arts

Deborah Chodoff

Chair of the Art Department
deborah.chodoff@woosterschool.org
203-830-3988

Will Reed

Chair of the Music Department
will.reed@woosterschool.org
203-830-3963

Claire Simard

Director of the Theatre Program
claire.simard@woosterschool.org
203-830-3964

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