‘Fame, Fortune and Fables’ opens Vail Mountain School theater season
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What: “Fame, Fortune and Fables,” presented by Vail Mountain School Lower School.
Where: Vail Mountain School’s Peter Abuisi Auditorium, 3000 Booth Falls Road, Vail.
When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
More information: This is the first of this school year’s Vail Mountain School’s theater series. Visit http://www.vms.edu to learn more.
VAIL — Take a few familiar fables, throw in a little Jimmy Fallon, and you have Vail Mountain School’s first theater production of the school year.
“Fame, Fortune and Fables,” presented by Vail Mountain School lower school, runs Thursday and Friday.
Greg Jones runs Vail Mountain School’s theater program and, along with a cast of what must sometimes seem like thousands, put this together.
Vail Mountain School took three fables, “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse,” “The Grasshopper and the Ant” and “The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs,” and wrapped them around a talk show.
Jones said he got the idea last year when he was teaching a class, where his students decided to try an improve talk show.
“It was the funniest thing I’d seen in years,” Jones said.
That class exercise begat this week’s play, which became a talk show/telethon.
The performers transition among fables within the talk show, using them as threads which run through the production.
The fables have fortune in common, and each of the morals deals with abundance.
The cast and crew are 59 kids from Vail Mountain School’s lower school (grades 1 to 5), which makes Jones a little like Gulliver dealing with the Lilliputians.
“I’m excited that we have that kind of interest. They’re all involved in a million things, and the fact they want to take time from all that to do this is very encouraging,” Jones said. “They come with purpose and enthusiasm.”
Vail Mountain School is serious about its theater program, said James Mill, VMS communications director.
“It plays a crucial role in providing a liberal arts experience,” Mill said.
You can learn a lot about yourself playing someone else, Jones observed.
“The response has been tremendous,” he said. “The enthusiasm to get on the stage has been overwhelming. What they can accomplish has encouraged others to get out there and try.”
They may all be about the same size, but they’re nothing alike.
“I love the diversity that all the kids bring. It’s amazing, and theater is something they all have in common,” Jones said.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.