The Fantasticks

Poster for student production,

Music by Harvey Schmidt
Book and lyrics by Tom Jones.

March 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, 2010
Frederick Loewe Black Box Theatre

Directed by Chris Beach Music
Direction by Jennifer Sparks
Choreography by April Franco-McLean
Set Design by Nephelie Andonyadis
Costume Design by Haley Keim
Lighting Design by Daniel Bachman

In celebration of the new Center for the Arts, the University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department presents The Fantasticks, by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Bridging both the visual arts and the performing arts, this new Center for the Arts catalyzes a creative synthesis on campus empowering the individual and collective imaginations of our students, faculty and community for generations to come.

The Theatre Arts Department’s production of The Fantasticks inaugurates the intimate Frederick Loewe Theatre, a state of the art experimental black box theatre allowing the technical flexibility to present any style and type of theatre—proscenium, ¾ thrust, in the round, environmental, etc.

The Fantasticks is the world’s longest running musical and this minimalist two-act musical is perfectly suited to the new facility and the production team assembled is an excellent example of theatre’s role in a Liberal Arts setting--a curricular vessel containing all disciplines of study. For example, the creative team assembled for The Fantasticks includes theatre arts majors and non-majors, a Lossett Guest Artist, and regional guest artists, a UoR Alum who is the spouse of a UoR Board of Trustee, theatre faculty, art faculty, and math faculty. Already the creative synthesis begins!

Rejoicing in the simple things, The Fantasticks, is a beautiful fairy tale about love and growing up, reminding us that real happiness is hard won. In its purest form, The Fantasticks is a fable, whose unassuming style invites the audience to use the power of their own imaginations as they marvel at the show’s romantic belief in the infallibility of love.

Based on Rostand’s (author of Cyrano de Bergerac) Les Romanesques, The Fantasticks first premiered in 1959. Drawing on Rostand’s Comédie Francaise roots and the newly emerging experimental theatre scene of the late 1950’s and 1960’s, The Fantasticks combined a hybrid of theatrical styles with pleasing melodies and the deep wisdom of an Aesop fable.

The Fantasticks has been translated into several languages and produced around the world. Many renowned actors have left their mark on its characters and songs-- Liza Minnelli, Ricardo Montleban, Murray F. Abraham, Donald Sutherland, Richard Chamberlain, Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Robert Goulet, Jerry Orbach to name a few.


El Gallo  Carey Curtis Smith  Lossett Guest Artist/UoR Alum 
Matt  Nathan Riley   Senior/Vocal Performance
 Luisa  Dimyana Pelev  Sophomore/Vocal Performance
 Hucklebee  Dan Stong  Junior/Theatre Arts
 Bellomy  Jeff Groff  Junior/Theatre Arts
 Henry  Steven Morics  Math Professor
 Mortimer  Nick Rhoads  Junior/Government
 Mute  Kelly Odor  Sophomore/Creative Writing/Theatre Arts
 Harpist  Susan Sparks Irving  UoR Alum
 Pianist  Josh Tuburan  CSSB
 Director  Chris Beach  Theatre Arts Professor
 Musical Director  Jennifer Sparks  Sixth Street School of Music
 Set Designer  Nephelie Andonyadis  Theatre Arts Professor
 Costume Designer  Haley Keim  Senior/Theatre Arts
 Lighting Designer  Daniel Bachman  Junior/Theatre Arts
 Stage Manager  Kirstin Daugherty  Sophomore/Business Administration
 Assistant Stage Manager  Kalehua Shamel  Sophomore/Creative Writing


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