Autumn of 2018 saw the Carlow University theatre troupe's performance of Fools, by Neil Simon. Here, Angel Barker '21 shares with us spotlights of two of the production's lead actors.
Caitlin McDonough '22
Caitlin McDonough, a first year student here at Carlow University,
is the to star in the Carlow Theatre Group's fall 2018 production
of Neil Simon's Fools. She will be playing Sophia
"I was definitely surprised to get the part," she says, speaking
of the opportunity to play the leading female role. "I'm very
grateful for the experience."
Caitlin, a first year English major, was active in her high
school's theatre and musical program having played in parts of
varying sizes-from smaller ensemble roles all the way to leading
roles, such as he role as the tin man in the production of the
Wizard of Oz.
Caitlin began acting in the Carlow Theatre Group in the fall
2018 one-acts, the first production of the semester. She adds that
the friendly and tightly-knit atmosphere in the group makes it
welcoming and fun.
In the production of Fools, Caitlin has been able to
experience different styles of acting and humor such as the
romantic aspect and the dim-witted nature of her character, Sophia,
who lives in a town cursed with stupidity.
Since being at Carlow, Caitlin says that theatre has been the
highlight of her day and that she really enjoys it.
"I love plays; I love literature. I love being able to interact
with people I normally wouldn't talk to. It's just exciting."
Jon Brown '21
Jon Brown, a second year Carlow University student, was given
the opportunity to play Leon Tolchinsky in the Carlow University
Theatre Group's fall 2018 production of Neil Simon's
"My sister [was in the Carlow Theatre Group] first and I grew up
around it. So it just seemed like the thing to do." he says,
speaking of his motivations behind his decision to join.
He began acting in the Theatre Group in fall 2017, where he
played Guildenstern in their Production of Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, during his first year.
Brown's experience with theatre began in high school, where he was
involved as an actor from his 9th grade year up until he graduated
in spring 2017.
"What I like most is all the people and the family aspect." he
says, speaking of the atmosphere within the Carlow Theatre Group
where he values the camaraderie and the teamwork he's been a part
He also seems to be enjoying his current role as Leon
Steponovich Tolchinsky, a school teacher who has been hired to
break a curse that has made the inhabitants of a small Ukranian
village stupid for 200 years.
"It's funny, it's doofy, it's got romance, it talks about the
dangers of giving up your autonomy...it's just fun stuff," he says
about the play.
reporting and copy by Angel Barker '21