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The Start of Something “Fantastick”

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Tori Roberts, Crown Editor

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As Oklahoma! makes its way out of the auditorium, it’s finally time for a new saga to begin. The next production up will be Marian’s Black Box theatre production of The Fantasticks.

This musical focuses on the classic story of a boy (Matt) and a girl (Luisa) falling madly in love with each other. The whole affair begins, however, with the children’s parents (Bellomy and Hucklebee) faking a feud with each other in hopes that teenage rebellion instinctively kicks in and drives the two kids to be “star-crossed lovers”. At first, the feud alone is enough to bring Luisa and Matt together in a series of secret meetings, but things soon escalate even further into a grand production of Luisa being abducted. This leaves Matt as the only one who can rescue his lady love from this villainous band of…actors? This production’s story is a strange one, but its brilliant combination of colorful characters and comedic ,yet highly profound, soundtrack and script brings this bizarre show to life in a truly unforgettable way.

In sharp contrast to Oklahoma!, The Fantasticks has a cast made up of only eight people, making this casting process highly competitive. The audition process was also shaken up a bit as well. Instead of the traditional setup of just singing and script cut reads, director Father Doyle decided to test aspiring actors’ abilities a bit further. Singing an audition song of your choosing, performing a dramatic monologue, and participating in an improv session were the three elements of this harrowing process, but despite actors getting a bit nervous over these changes, most found themselves having a lot of fun onstage.

Emotions were high from the end of auditions on Tuesday until the cast list posting on Friday the 26th. Even though the cast list was exclusive and a lot of actors did not make the cut, there were still tears of joy and hugs of support going around the theatre commons from fellow actors as well as other supportive students. With a fresh cast of actors ready to take the stage, another production season is now in full swing as the cast of The Fantasticks begins preparations for a stellar show that will be arriving at the Marian auditorium the weekend of April 15th.

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