EAC theatre students present The Fantasticks
By Lori Dugan
THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Theatre Department is presenting three performances of the popular musical The Fantastickson July 30 and 31, at 7:30 p.m., and on August 1, at 2 p.m., in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
The Fantasticks tells the love 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 foster a marriage between their willfully disobedient children.
A narrator sets the imagined scene and, in due time, progresses to the role of professional abductor convincing the giddy youngsters that they are deeply embroiled in a melodramatic encounter in a garden under the moonlight. The evening itself is entirely concerned with the notion that children – of whatever age – cannot fall in love unless their love is forbidden.
The abductor pretends to fall before the onslaught of the young man, letting the boy think he is a hero when he rescues the girl from a band of villains. The night is full of moonlight and romance.
The sun comes up and the day brings an end to dreams. The lovers must be taught to face reality. The dashing vagabond, who was their guide to romance and illusion, becomes their instructor in disillusionment. It is only when he has shown the boy the harshness of the world that looks so filled with promise of bright adventure, and has let the girl see that love can be false, that they come to understand each other.
“To kick off what we hope will become an annual summer season of musicals and other family shows,” says EAC drama instructor and director of the show, Dr. Dan Robbins. “I chose The Fantasticks, the longest continuously running show in American theatrical history. The songs are catchy, the characters delightful, and the plot is all about becoming more mature and worldly. With your support, maybe next year we will do Two by Two, a musical about Noah’s Ark.”
Admission price for The Fantasticksis $5/adult and $3/child. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling EAC’s Ticket Office at 428-8228.