NFCC Presents “The Fantasticks” by Nebraska Theatre Caravan April 3 at Van H. Priest Auditorium
MADISON, FL – The North Florida Community College Artist Series is pleased to bring the national tour of THE FANTASTICKS, produced by veteran theatrical touring company Nebraska Theatre Caravan, to the Van H. Priest Auditorium Stage in Madison, FL on Thursday, April 3. This tour of THE FANTASTICKS is part of a 65-city national itinerary that includes only two stops in Florida. The performance at NFCC is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Nebraska Theatre Caravan will also conduct educationaloutreach activities at Madison County High School and NFCC in connection with the performance.
A legend in its own time, THE FANTASTICKS, is the longest running musical in history. A simple romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, their meddling fathers and the wall that divides them, THE FANTASTICKS, is crafted with charming simplicity, captivating music and whimsy. Whether you are revisiting this beloved musical or seeing it for the first time, this timeless tale will ignite your imagination and delight your senses. Punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become standards, audiences will find themselves humming along to such classics as “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain”.
Through the creative genius of director Carl Beck, costume designer Georgiann Regan and scenic designer Jim Othuse, comes a fresh new steam punk adaptation of this classic musical, which promises to provide an unparalleled experience. Of the steampunk concept, Beck said, "It's not an intrusive concept. It seems like the allegoric-quality can blend with the fantasy, giving it a quasi-period feel and making for a stronger statement than [The Fantasticks] usually gets." He added that the story is not being re-written or changed in any way. Outside of the costumes, set and props, this show is, in its entirety, the original.
THE FANTASTICKS, written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, opened off-Broadway on May 3rd, 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village with stage, film and television actor Jerry Orbach in the leading role. The production went on to play a record-breaking 17,162 performances before closing on January 13,2002, making it the world’s longest-running musical and the longest continuously-running production of any kind in the United States. In August of 2006 the show was revived off-Broadway at the Jerry Orbach Theatre inside the Snapple Theatre Center in Times Square.
Don’t miss THE FANTASTICKS by Nebraska Theatre Caravan at NFCC’s Van H. Priest Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. Tickets are on sale now at the NFCC College Advancement Office. Call (850) 973-1653 for tickets or more information.