Marblehead Little Theatre Presents The Fantasticks
July 26 - August 4, 2013
Marblehead Little Theatre is thrilled to be revising the magical love story “The Fantasticks” after first producing it over 50 years ago. The show is being produced by Dayle Persons, directed by Anne Lucas, choreographed by Maria La Rossa with musical direction by Betty Kent Lautner. The cast includes Ari Conte, Nick Economou, Nora Falk, Steve Faria, Greg Mancuso-Ungaro, Jay Pension, Nate Punches and Jim Wrynn. Tickets are now on sale.
The Fantasticks is currently the longest running show in NYC, opening back in 1960. Music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. It tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play "The Romancers" ("Les Romanesques") by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the supposed feud. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world, seen in parallel fantasy sequences. They return to each other bruised but enlightened, and they renew their vows with more maturity. Songs from the show include “Try To Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”.