The St. Marys Community Players are known for their outstanding performances, however, their latest production is the most historic one yet, per director Christin Bossenberry.
“The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world,” said Bossenberry in the official press release for the show. One of the things this means for the show is it unique in its simplicity. There are no wild or outlandish scenes or lines of chorus girls, according to Bossenberry, because, as she says, “The Fantasticks doesn’t need any of that.”
Make no mistake about it, though, just because it thrives on simplicity doesn’t mean the show will not have plenty of excitement. In fact, quite the opposite. The show will feature a charming love story, magical illusions and timeless melodies including “Time To Remember”, “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” and “They Were You”.
The musical originally appeared as a one-act musical at Barnard College in 1959. The fully developed two-act version began its off-Broadway run in May 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse, where it ran for a record-breaking 42 years until January 2002.
Speaking enthusiastically about the show in the press release was show producer Marie Stevens, who said “SMCP is thrilled to be producing this magical show—full of hilarious antics, familiar songs, and a lovely moral that resonates with all ages. We hope that people who haven’t seen The Fantasticks will come to see our production, and parents will share this classic piece with younger generations.”
But as significant as it is for the producers of the show and the audience, it will also be a significant one for the performers, Greg George specifically. George is making his return to acting and singing having not been on stage in 35 years. George said The Fantasticks is “perfect for the intimate environment of the Town Hall Theatre” because of its simplistic presentation, nuanced story and outstanding music. “A boy and a girl fall in love over a wall between their houses; built by their ‘feuding’ fathers,” George said, talking about the nuances of the story. “The first act takes place in romantic moonlight, the second in the harsh reality of a blazing sun. And of course, there is a catch.” He added that if you need to know if there is a happy ending or not, you will have to come and find out for yourself.
The Fantasticks is on stage at the St. Marys Town Hall Theatre, 175 Queen St. E. with a preview performance Thursday, October 24th and opens Friday, October 25th for a limited time only. Show dates also include Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th both 2 pm matinees. Wednesday, October 30th, Friday, November 1st, and Saturday, November 2nd are all 8 pm performances. The closing show on Sunday, November 3rd is a 2 pm matinee.