Hannah Miller drags an upside-down cow across the stage while Megan Mullen and Reagan Maginn look on during a rehearsal for the Madison Consolidated High School Theatre production of  “Fools.” (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
Hannah Miller drags an upside-down cow across the stage while Megan Mullen and Reagan Maginn look on during a rehearsal for the Madison Consolidated High School Theatre production of “Fools.” (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
Madison Consolidated High School Theatre will perform Neil Simon's comic fable "Fools" this weekend.

The play is set in a small Ukrainian village in the late 19th century. It follows a young ambitious schoolteacher who is lovestruck and determined to overcome the town's strange ways.

The cast will be much smaller compared with the schools most recent production of the musical, "Bye Bye Birdie," which included members of the Little Grand Theatre Company.

The performances are set for Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for K-12 students. Children not yet in kindergarten are free.

Melanie Torline, Madison Fine Arts Academy teacher and assistant to the theater department, said the production was created by the students.

The school's advanced theater class, which includes mostly upperclassman, developed everything from the costumes to the set designs. They also will run the sound and lights during the performance, though art teacher and theater director Aaron Kelsey will be the show's director.

The 22-person cast and crew has worked on the play since September, using only their daily, 50-minute class period.

"All the work is done in class, and I think that really challenges the students," Torline said. "We didn't have the extensive rehearsals like we usually do."

Torline said the play is "hilarious" and carries a sense of humor more relateable to adults.

"Fools" will be the last production of the fall semester. Two more productions are set for the spring semester, including "The Sound of Music," which is planned for April.