The Fantasticks, (Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones and Music by Harvey Schmidt), is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two parents who try to get them together by pretending to want to keep them apart.
The play, as written, cast the respective fathers as the conniving parents. ACT 1 Theatre Productions Director Petra Karr has chosen instead to put their mothers into the story, a change other directors of the play have made in the past. While the lines in the play are not altered, the dynamics of the story with two women delivering them is different. Karr said she made the change, in part, in order to take advantage of the way in which the two actors she cast as the mothers interact.
The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”
When you hear it, you’ll understand why it’s the longest running off/on Broadway musical in history!
The following performances will take place in the Terrace Auditorium at Wesley Homes in Des Moines (816 S. 216th St).
Show Times and Ticket Prices:
Feb 12 @ 7pm & Feb 14 @ 2pm – All tickets $10
Feb 13 @ 7pm – All tickets $15
*Join us for this Special Valentine’s Evening performance, complete with a long-stemmed rose, decadent chocolate, and a gift for each member of the audience.