Curtain Call opens Irish folk and fairy tale play

The cast of Curtain Call Theatre’s “Blather, Blarney, and Balderdash”.(Patrick Fisher Photo)
Three hilarious and actionpacked Irish folk and fairy tales collide in Curtain Call’s production of “Blather, Blarney and Balderdash.” The fall children’s show opens Friday, Oct. 18, and plays out October 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m., at the New Prague Middle School.
 
The play is filled with raucous laughter when a trio of wild and crazy leprechauns Blather, Blarney and Balderdash (Lucia Rynda, Katelyn Perkins, and Adam Pankow) try to help tongue-tied shepherd Fin O’Grady (Brody Fischer) learn to tell a story and win the hand of his one true love, Pegeen (Amber Simon).
 
Curtain Call veteran director, Andy Velishek added that Pegeen’s mother believes that a person with an imagination and ability to tell stories is worth more than any gold or jewels and requires Fin to tell her a story. He doesn’t think he can, so he runs away from home and runs into the three leprechauns who show him three Irish fold tales, “The Hunchback of Knockgrafton,” “The Griffin’s Feather,” and “The Cricket, the Mouse and the Bird.” “They are more willing to help him learn to tell a story rather than give him their pot of gold,” Velishek said.
The director said this uplifting, ensemble comedy combines clever dialogue with slapstick humor and features numerous "showcase" roles so that everyone, even the least experienced, has a chance to shine. “This show is great for any age audience. It is a fun, well-written play with a fantastic cast filling the roles,” he said. “Young kids will enjoy the cool-looking characters and goofy sequences. Meanwhile, adults will enjoy the great abilities of the children to portray each character and the wonderful lessons to be learned from each of the Irish folk tales.
 
We welcome everyone to see the show. It’s cheaper than going to the movie theatre!”