Written by Whitney Vitt. Media by Riley Hannula.
The Factory Theatre welcomes students, community members, and musical admirers with the 2016 spring semester musical, “The Fantasticks”. The play will take place at the Factory Theatre located at 400-498 E. Harris Ave., in Greenville, Ill. The musical will play for two weekends in a row, beginning Feb. 5-7 and the following weekend Feb. 12-14; Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m., the perfect time for a Valentine’s date! Students can purchase tickets in the Dinning Commons for $5 during lunch or dinner. Tickets will also be available for sale at Watson’s Drugstore, Adam Brothers, and Jo’s Java for $10 per person.
“The Fantasticks“, written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, is the world’s longest-running musical, running for over 50 years in Manhattan, N.Y. Senior Keli Totton stated, “”The Fantasticks” is unique because it’s the longest-running off-Broadway show, but many people don’t know about it – I didn’t before I was cast. But it’s such a great show and I’m glad I learned about it and get to be a part of it!”
This musical includes many songs by well- known Broadway singer and actor Jerry Orbach; “Try to Remember,” “Round and Round” and “This is a Curious Paradox” are among some of the musical pieces from the show.
But what is the musical about? Senior Brittain Monroe explains, “”The Fantasticks” is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The narrator, El Gallo, originally played by Jerry Orbach, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow”. The cast of characters is small but powerful. You’ll recognize the faces and voices of Keli Totton, Silas Groves, Rich Beans, Doug Pritchett, Tyler Ratcliffe, Taylor Purkey and myself.”
After working all interterm with director Jes Adam, these actors and actresses are beyond excited to have an audience and share the musical with others. Totton added, “My character is Luisa. She is the female lead of the show and is the only woman with a speaking part. This show is incredibly funny, clever and sweet, and has phenomenal music. I still laugh even though I have been rehearsing it non-stop for the past four weeks. I think audience members of all ages will love the show, regardless of if they are theater-lovers or not.”
When looking for the perfect Valentine’s date night, keep in mind “The Fantasticks”, an affordable, local and adorable musical.
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