January, 2011
Day Night Line
'The Fantasticks'

The Fantasticks is a 1960 musical. The show's original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world's longest-running musical. It was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1991. The poetic book and breezy, inventive score, including such familiar songs, such as "Try to Remember", helped make this show so durable.

Two parents decide that they want their children to fall in love. The girl, Luisa, is a daydreamer with an active imagination. The boy, Matt, is a romantic. The two parents decide to instigate a mock feud amongst themselves in order to help the boy and girl fall in love. They figure that this feud will give them the excuse to say no to the relationship, which of course will simply encourage the children's love even more. The parents go as far as to hire El Gallo to stage a mock abduction of Luisa, in which Matt can become a hero and save her. After this act, Luisa and Matt fall deeply in love. Soon though, the children realize their parents staged the feud and their love fades away. Later, after both children experience a little life experience on their own and are hurt by it, they reunite once again with much less drama.

This show is dedicated to Nancy Coon, a Lifetime Member of the Barn Theater, who passed away January 18, 2011.

January 31 note: By popular request, we have added one additional performance on Friday evening, February 11.


Playwright: Music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones
Directors: Bob Merzoian & Richard Boyd
Auditions: Monday November 15, and Tuesday November 16 at 6:30pm in the Barn Lobby
Run Dates: January 21, 22, 28, 29, February 4, 5 & 11 (Friday & Saturday evenings)
January 30 (Sunday matinees)
(8 performances)
Sunday Brunch: January 30 - Cost is $12.00 per person.
Reservations are required by Wednesday, January 26.
Cast: El Gallo (The Narrator) - Richard Boyd
Luisa (The Girl) - Elizabeth Harris
Matt (The Boy) - Jonathan Schalembier
Hucklebee (The Boy's Mother) - Terri Tate
Bellomy (The Girl's Father) - Wesley Cox
Henry (The Old Actor) - Vince Black
Mortimer (The Man Who Dies) - Tom Besson
First Mute - Cody Phaphol
Second Mute - Regine Lipumano
Production: Producer - Nicki Edwards
Lights & Sound - Mike Proctor
Set Design/Construction - Joe LeProhon, Jack Havery
Pianists - Cheryl Murdock, Janie Dignam
Costumes - Michelin White
Prop Handler - Natalie Tate
Marquee Artist - Ali Plaisted

Cast Photo (Rear) Bob, Wesley, Vince, Tom, Richard, Jonathan & Michelin
(Middle) Regine, Terri, Elizabeth & Cody
(Front) Janie & Cheryl
Set Photo

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