November 9, 1998

Middlebury College Musical Players to Perform "The Fantasticks"

The Middlebury College Musical Players will perform "The Fantasticks" on Nov. 20-22 in the McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). "The Fantasticks" is the fourth annual production by the Musical Players, a student organization.

Composed by Harvey Schmidt with a script and lyrics by Tom Jones, "The Fantasticks" is the longest running musical in theatrical history. Alternately touching and hysterical, the show tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers, determined to be together despite their parents' dissent. They are unaware, however, that this feud between the families is a fabrication to trick them into marriage. The score is both beautiful and comic, including the songs "Try to Remember" and "Plant a Radish."

Performances of "The Fantasticks" will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21. On Sunday, Nov. 22 a matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for children, students, and senior citizens. Tickets will be on sale at the door before each performance and at the Student Activities Office in the McCullough Student Center from Nov. 11-20. For more information, contact the Musical Players' student director, Anna Benvenuto, at 802-443-6545.

The show features Kirk German and Amanda O'Keefe as the young lovers and George Young Warner as the dashing El Gallo. Cameron Brown and Tyler Beebe play the plotting parents, Sarah Garland and David Mendelson add their comedic signatures as the out-of-work actors, and Stuart Peery rounds out the cast as the ever-present Mute. The show is directed by Anna Benvenuto and Erin Branch, stage managed by Jennifer Masiak, and designed by Thomas Marks. "The Fantasticks" features the musical talent of Whitney Dorne on piano.

"The Fantasticks" is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, 421 West 54th St., New York, NY 10019.