The Winchester Players Announce Auditions for the Schmidt and Jones 'THE FANTASTICKS!'
The Winchester Players announce Open Call Auditions for the world's longest running and most beloved musical comedy, THE FANTASTICKS! This version tells the timeless story of a boy and the girl next door, except here their parents fake a feud to ensure that the boy and girl fall in love. They devise a scheme to end the feud and bring about a true and lasting 'happily ever after'. The show features a brilliant score that contains the classic hits "Try to Remember" and "Soon it's Gonna Rain".
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Bursting with energy, humor, romance, laughter, sorrow, and hope, the Winchester Players' fall production "The Fantasticks" will fill the stage of Chidley Hall of the First Congregational Church of Winchester. A moving love story, with lilting music, and spritely choreography, the show is, understandably, the longest running musical in the world.
The story is ageless. Two foolish fathers plot to build a wall between their gardens to make their teenagers fall in love. Although romance blooms in the magical dreamscape of moonlight, the two men hire a con man to stage an abduction allowing the boy to seem to rescue the girl. All goes as planned; love prevails, and the wall falls. However, in the blazing rays of the sun, the fathers bicker, the children discover they have lived in a dream world, and must experience harsh reality before they can find real love. They find "Without a hurt the heart is hollow".
"The Fantasticks" Trivia
"The Fantasticks" has, so far, played to seven U.S. Presidents.
"The Fantasticks" has been seen in 67 countries around the world from Afghanistan to Zimbawe.
It has played in 3,000 cities and towns in all 50 U.S. states. It has been performed in the White House, for the Peace Corps in Africa, the Shawnee Mission in Kansas, and the Menninger Foundation. It was produced in Mandarin by the Peking Opera, and under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, it played for the first time in Russia.
Notable actors who have appeared in the Off-Broadway and touring production during its long run are: Jerry Orbach, F. Murray Abraham, Robert Goulet, Anna Marie Alberghetti, Richard Chamberlain, Elliot Gould, Bert Lahr, Liza Minnelli, Glenn Close, and Kristin Chenoweth.