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Connellsville senior class presents ‘Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife’

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Connellsville Area High School students rehearse for their upcoming senior class play titled 'Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife.' From left are Amanda Dewitt, Candy Adey and Sami Long.

Connellsville Area High School’s senior class will present “Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife” next weekend.

“I was drawn to the Irish theme. I am taking a group of students to Ireland and the UK this summer, so I thought it would be fun,” said David Hartz, senior class play director/producer. “It’s a lively show with plenty of wry humor and, of course, leprechauns.”

The play is the comedic story of a small Irish town whose “first citizen” is Finn McCool. McCool’s wild boasts always catch up with him, and his poor wife, Oona, has to think of some way to get him out of it.

Finally, Finn bites off more than he can chew with his latest boast, and even Oona may not be able to save him from certain doom.

Hartz said he hopes the audience will enjoy the humor and the clever plot of the play, which features 32 seniors.

“Also the characters are quite colorful, so I’m hoping to deliver that Irish feel, the musical cadence of Irish speech, and the down-to-earth quality of life in a small Irish town,” Hartz said.

Jordan Hosfelt and Sophia Jones, both of Connellsville, will portray the title roles of Finn and Oona McCool.

Hosfelt said his character is a man whose ego and tendency to make farfetched boasts get him into trouble.

“The thing that I like the most about portraying Finn is that his personality and my own are polar opposites. I am, or at least I like to think, that I am a pretty humble person, and portraying a cocky and overly confident character is a fun challenge,” Hosfelt said.

Hosfelt said he thinks the audience will really enjoy watching the leprechauns, who, in a way, act as narrators.

“Their crazy antics are very funny, especially when they eventually begin to influence the plot of the show,” Hosfelt said.

Jones’ character Oona McCool stays quite busy trying to keep her husband out of trouble.

“What I love about her is that no matter how deep the trouble Finn has gotten himself into, she will find a way to save his butt. The most challenging part for me has been incorporating a slight Irish accent — it’s an accent I’ve never really had to do before,” Jones said.

In addition to the leprechauns, Jones said she thinks the audience will enjoy the outlandish boasts of Finn and the even more outlandish cover-ups Oona comes up with.

Hartz said the tradition of hosting the district’s fifth-grade students for a matinee performance at 10 a.m. on Wednesday will be continued again this year.

The show will open to the public 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Connellsville Area Senior High School auditorium.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

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