Crazy leprechauns, tong-tined shepherds, sneezing girls, frenzied farmers, bombastic boatmen, hen-pecked griffins, magical animals and a sour prince will all come to life Thursday and Friday in the high school auditorium at 6:30 p.m., thanks to the efforts of 40 students.
The prize-winning Jr. Drama Club’s eager 48 middle school members will stage a series of three, raucous, humorous Irish folk fairy tales, all directed by two high school seniors, Danielle Ippolito and Matt LaFon — with the help of Junior Troupe Director Lindsy Smith, a high school English teacher.
The club picked the three rollicking folk tales because they offered enough parts to get almost every member of the club involved.
The middle school students have sustained one of the most active drama clubs in the state, with recent appearances at state level competitions and summer workshops.
The three ensemble comedies offer clever dialogue, slapstick humor — and shining moments for a large number of cast members.
One story involves an inarticulate shepherd coached by half mad leprechauns in how to woo his one true love, a second act involves tale of the Little People worthy of the Twilight Zone and the third involves a menagerie of doleful griffins, magical animals, a sleeping beauty and a humorless prince.
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students, which goes to cover the cost of the performance and support the drama program.