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THE FANTASTICKS

September 6 - 24, 2017

The Fantasticks

Written by Tom Jones
Music & Lyrics by Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones
Directed by Brianna Gowland

A musical loosely based on the play The Romancers by Edmond Rostand, the show's original off- Broadway production ran a total of 42 years, making it the world's longest-running musical. It's a captivating and simple romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The audience uses its imagination to follow El Gallo as he creates a world of moonlight and magic, and then pain and disillusionment, until the boy and girl find their way back to one other. Matt and Luisa fall in love when their fathers build a wall and pretend to feud. But once the parents put an end to the feud and allow the children to be together, Luisa and Matt decide to go their own ways to seek out their fortunes. In the end, after learning many valuable lessons, they come together to start a newer, more mature love. The score, which includes "Try To Remember", "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain", is as timeless as the story itself.

Tickets: $18 - $36

 


Camelot Theatre presents the musical classic The Fantasticks, a timeless love story set to incredible music, at the James M. Collier Theatre Building in Talent, Oregon.

The original production of The Fantasticks opened on May 3, 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse - a small theatre in New York's Greenwich Village. The musical tradition created by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt just closed last June, 57 years later, in New York after 21,614 performances. The Fantasticks is the longest running musical, and the only off-Broadway show to receive a Tony Award for Excellence in Theater.

Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music) created The Fantasticks in the spirit of a whimsical Romeo and Juliet. Matt, the boy and Luisa, the girl, grow up next door to each other, separated by a wall their feuding fathers built to keep them apart. Knowing their children would do anything they said "no" to, the forbidden wall makes the boy and the girl fall wildly in love with each other. Once they discover that their fathers actually planned the whole thing to get them together, their romance suffers a series of whimsical and melodramatic developments. In the end, aided by a mysterious swashbuckling dream-weaver and his comical associates, the lovers mature, and love conquers all.

Director Gowland focuses on the timelessness of the production, "the most important point I wanted to get across with this show is that the story has no age; you will see that there is no specific time period in this production. I wanted to show that these people could be found anywhere throughout history (after all, the story itself takes ideas and themes from Shakespeare and Greek mythology). To assist with this idea, we've kept everything simple. You will find props and costumes from all time periods. Rather than hide the fact that the characters are being played by actors, we magnify it."

"Brianna's production of The Fantasticks plays up the timeless romantic quality of the musical," said Camelot's Artistic Director Roy Von Rains, Jr., "with a contemporary twist, two male character roles are intentionally played by female actors. Somewhat of a reverse-Shakespearean casting to a love story for all time."

The love story features the hit songs "Try To Remember," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "They Were You." The current cast includes Justin Tyler Martin as El Gallo, Keely McLean as Luisa, Cody Pettit as Matt, Peter Griffin as The Boy's Father (Hucklebee), Sean Warren as The Girl's Father (Bellomy), Becky Durango as The Old Actor (Henry Albertson), Janina Brown as The Man Who Dies (Mortimer) and Brianna Gowland as The Mute.

The design and creative team includes Garrett Bond, musical direction; Bart Grady and Roy Von Rains, Jr., scenic design; Cherelle Guyton and Emily Ehrlich Inget, costume design; Jenelle Ragsdale, lighting design; Brian O'Connor, sound & video design; Brianna Gowland, choreography; Bart Grady, production manager; and Shaina Wyatt, as stage manager.

  Camelot Theatre will preview The Fantasticks, on Thursday, September 7th. The production runs September 6th - 24th. Tickets are $18 for the preview. All other regular performances are $29-$36. Tickets can be purchased online at www.CamelotTheatre.org , by phone or in person at the theater box office.

BOX OFFICE HOURS: 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. For tickets, call the Camelot Box Office at 541-535-5250 or online at CamelotTheatre.org. Camelot Theatre is located at the corners of Talent Ave. and Main Street in Talent.

CAST BIOS

Garrett Bond - Musical Director
A rising Junior at St. Olaf College, Garrett prides himself as a Pianist, Vocalist, and Composer of music. Garrett has been the Musical Director at the Randall Theatre, Phoenix high school, and St. Olaf College. Having worked and studied with Alan Menken, Javier Munoz, and Jason Robert Brown, theatre is one of Garrett's greatest passions and he hopes to continue to work with theatre for years to come.

Brianna Gowland - Director/Choreographer
The Fantasticks marks Brianna's third production as a director. She previously directed I Ought to Be in Pictures (Camelot Theatre) and Holmes and Watson Save the Empire (Randall Theatre). She has also assistant directed, most recently Camelot's Spamalot. Brianna has also choreographed shows such as Scrooge! (Randall Theatre) and The Lion in Winter (Camelot Theatre). You may have seen her onstage recently singing Mary in Spotlight on Peter, Paul, and Mary (Camelot Theatre) or as Marian Paroo in The Music Man (One-Eleven Theatre Company).

Justin Tyler Martin - El Gallo
This is Justin's second musical and his first leading role. His wife, Janina Brown, has encouraged him to pursue a life on stage and he has taken pursuit with gusto. He started singing in barbershop choruses and quartets and met his wife in the choir at school.

Keely McLean - Luisa
Keely was last seen in South Pacific and as Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, both at Camelot Theater. Other shows at Camelot include Inherit the wind, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, and The Lion in Winter. She has been an assistant choreographer for the Ashland Middle School Drama Department for four years.

Cody Pettit - Matt
This is Cody's second show with the Camelot Theatre, the first being the summer production of Monty Python's Spamalot in which he played Lancelot, the French Taunter, and the Black Knight. Previous roles include Frankie in Forever Plaid, Jamie in The Last Five Years, Princeton in Avenue Q, Bobby Strong in Urinetown, and the title role in Disney's Tarzan.
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