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'The Fantasticks' to be performed at Virginia Tech


Pictured from left to right: Molly Dickerson, Patrick Mahaney, Patrick Jaffke, Mina Noorbakhsh, Jessi Durham, and Alex Garretson Virginia Tech students rehearse a scene from "The Fantasticks."

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 7, 2011 – The Department of Theatre and Cinema at Virginia Tech presents the popular musical "The Fantasticks" with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. 

Performances will be April 13-15, 17, 19-23, and 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. and April 16-17 and 23 at 2 p.m in the Squires Studio Theatre on campus.

 "The Fantasticks" has the claim of being the world's longest running musical. The original production opened on May 3, 1960, at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York's Greenwich Village and ran for 17,162 performances. The musical continues to run today at the Snapple Theatre in New York. 

The musical tells the story of a young man and the girl next door, whose parents have built a wall to keep them apart. The youngsters nevertheless contrive to meet and fall in love. Their parents, meanwhile, are congratulating themselves, for they have erected the wall and staged a feud in order to achieve, by negation, a marriage between their willfully disobedient children.

Virginia Tech Theatre and Cinema faculty member Cara Rawlings directs the production. “The Fantasticks" presents a storybook romance, and also reminds us that change is a natural part of life -- that we need moments of pain and sadness in our lives in order to know the value of true love and happiness,” Rawlings said. “The prospect of developing a new approach to the show was daunting, but the design and production teams and the stellar cast are making this classic musical new again.”

Music faculty member Travis Cross is music director. Songs include “Try to Remember,” “They Were You,” “Much More,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “I Can See It.”

Schmidt and Jones have received numerous awards for “The Fantasticks” including the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers-Richard Rodgers Award and an Obie Award. They were inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame at the Gershwin Theatre in 1999. 

Tickets for reserved seating are $10 general and $8 senior/student and are available at the University Unions and Student Activities ticket office in Squires Student Center. For tickets, call (540) 231-5615 or order online. Tickets are also available at the door.

Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street, the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street, and the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200.