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The Fantasticks Last Modified: Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The Fantasticks
by Tom Jones
music by Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Don Russell
Musical Director Ron Kelly
July 2002

Have you heard the songs "Try to Remember" or "Soon It's Gonna Rain"? If your answer is yes, then you are already familiar with "The Fantasticks", the world's longest running theatrical production - it opened in May 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York's Greenwich Village and continued for 42 years until its closing in January 2002.

Don Russell, director, describes the show:
At first, "The Fantasticks" appears to be just about a boy and girl who live next door to each other; their grumpy fathers, some beautiful songs and comical situations. However, that is not true in this case. "The Fantasticks" is like one big beautiful piece of poetry that has something to say to everyone in the audience. Be prepared to reminisce about your own youth, raising children, even your later years, as each one of the players tell their story. You will be reminded of your dreams and frustrations, hopes and wishes, as the wonderful tale unfolds. The beautiful music you will hear from this talented cast will only enhance your being part of the theatrical, 'spiritual' kind of moment.

It is a delight - bewitching, bright and tasteful. - New York Journal American

A sophisticated story about innocence...the songs are distinguished and delightful. - Saturday Review

By special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Joni Wilson as The Mute

Mark Britton as Hucklebee Bill Schuler as Bellomy Denise Varnedore as Luisa Charles Stanley as Matt Cast of Characters
Role Actor
The Mute: Joni Wilson*
The Boy's Father (Hucklebee): Mark Britton
The Girl's Father (Bellamy): Bill Schuler
The Girl (Luisa): Denise Varnedore
The Boy (Matt): Charles Stanley
The Narrator (El Gallo): Jerry Davis
The Man Who Dies (Mortimer): James Bentley
The Actor (Henry): John Crawford
*Cast Change: Donna Draper was replaced by Joni Wilson as The Mute.

Musical Numbers - Act I
Try To Remember El Gallo
Much More Luisa
Metaphor Matt & Luisa
Never Say No Hucklebee & Bellomy
It Depends On What You Pay El Gallo, Hucklebee, & Bellomy
Soon It's Gonna Rain Matt & Luisa
Rape Ballet The Cast
Happy Ending Matt, Luisa, Hucklebee, Bellomy, & El Gallo

Musical Numbers - Act II
This Plum Is Too Ripe Luisa, Matt, Hucklebee, & Bellomy
I Can See It Matt & El Gallo
An Episode Mortimer & Henry
Plant A Radish Hucklebee & Bellomy
Much More (Reprise) Luisa & El Gallo
Round 'n Round El Gallo & Luisa
Beyond That Road Matt & El Gallo
They Were You Matt & Luisa
Metaphor (Reprise) Matt & Luisa
Try To Remember (Reprise) El Gallo

Our Crew
Producer: Gene Forsyth and
Liz Heitzman
Director: Don Russell
Music Director: Ron Kelly
Asst. Dir./Stage Manager: Robert L. Simpson
Asst. Stage Manager: Ray Johnson
Piano: Ron Kelly
Keyboard: Jean Russell
Drums: Don Venable
Choreographer: Joni Wilson
Props: Ray Johnson
Lighting Director: Walter Dodson
Set Design: Don Russell
Set Construction: Mark Britton,
Jim Cunningham,
Ray Johnson,
Jan McKillip,
Chris Biagini,
Dave Cambell,
Richard Silwedel,
Bill Tanzyus,
Dave McKillip, and
Nyle Cearlock
Publicity: Liz Heitzman,
Gene Forsyth,
Robertr L. Simpson,
Bill Schuler, and
Donna Draper
Graphics: Jan & Dave McKillip
Box Office: Margaret Forsyth
and her Fantastick volunteers
Program Design: Lisa Wilhelmi and
Dave McKillip
Program Printing: 5-Star Printing
Webmaster: Tom Clark and
John Lukas
Jerry Davis as El Gallo Jamey_Bentley as Mortimer John Crawford as Henry

Jerry Jones
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