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Fulton Community Theatre to present ‘The Fantasticks’

Donnie Williams and Marlina Beebe are featured as the moonlight struck young lovers Matt and Luisa in Fulton Community Theatre’s production of the classic musical “The Fantasticks.” The production runs weekends April 19 through 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton.
Donnie Williams and Marlina Beebe are featured as the moonlight struck young lovers Matt and Luisa in Fulton Community Theatre’s production of the classic musical “The Fantasticks.” The production runs weekends April 19 through 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton.

A timeless story of love lost and won will once again take to the stage as Fulton Community Theatre presents the musical “The Fantasticks.”

The production, FCT’s first full-stage musical since its return to active production in 2010, will play one weekends, April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. The two Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets reservations may be made by calling FCT at 598-7840.

Debuting in 1960, “The Fantasticks,” with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, has been called “the world’s longest running musical.”

It features the songs, “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You” – all which have become popular standards.

The story centers on Matt and Luisa, two young lovers, and their meddling parents who contract with the mysterious El Gallo to ensure a happy ending. Life, however, is more than just a love song under the moonlight.

The eight member cast features Douglas McCall as El Gallo, Marlina Beebe as Luisa, Donnie Williams as Matt, Marguerite Beebe as Bellomy, Renee Fenske as Hucklebee, Brian Pringle as Henry, Stephfond Brunson as Mortimer, and Zoe Bolio as The Mute.

The production is directed by Kathleen DeGolyer with musical direction by Abel Searor.

For DeGolyer and FCT, “The Fantasticks” is a reunion with an old friend. The musical was featured in the theatre’s fifth season in 1994 with DeGolyer playing the role of Hucklebee.

“It is a piece that stays with you,” said DeGolyer. “I’ve wanted to reprise it for the last several years, and now because of the cooperation of the church and our sponsors the work we have put into our theatre space, we have come back around again.”

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