The Fantasticks holds the record as the longest-running musical in the world, having run at the Sullivan Street Theatre in New York for 42 years. It is considered a classic of the American Music Theatre and has played in thousands of communities across the nation, and around the world, since it first debuted in New York in 1960.
The Fantasticks is a classic story of feuding families and a boy and girl that find romance in spite (or is it because of?) anything their fathers do to stop them. The show resounds with many beautiful melodies, such as Soon It's Gonna Rain and They Were You, as well as the well-known Try to Remember. Along with music, The Fantasticks includes sword-fighting, abductions, comedy, romance – and even gardening tips!
The Vermillion production will include Greg Ludy and Aaron Paschall as the feuding fathers, and Adam B. Larson and Lindsey Straw as their children. The action is aided by a troupe of traveling actors portrayed by Jesse Jensen and Sam Miller. Dru Daniels is the "Mute" who makes sure that all action stays on track and Audra Larson is providing musical accompaniment on piano.
The Fantasticks will be staged in Farber Hall, on The University of South Dakota campus, the evenings of Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m., and the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m.