May River Theatre Co. to present 'The Fantasticks'

abredeson@islandpacket.comOctober 24, 2012 

"The Fantasticks," presented by The May River Theatre Co.: 8 p.m. Oct. 26-Nov. 10; 2 p.m. Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and 11, Bluffton Town Hall, Ulmer Auditorium, 20 Bridge St., Bluffton. $20. 843-837-7798. www.mayrivertheatre.com

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  • The May River Theatre Co. will present "The Fantasticks" at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in Bluffton Town Hall's Ulmer Auditorium.

    Performances also will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Nov. 2-3 and Nov. 9-10; and 2 p.m. Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. Tickets are $20.

    Details: 843-815-5581, www.mayrivertheatre.com

The May River Theatre Co. will present "The Fantasticks," a musical tale about two men who trick their children into falling in love.

"We think it's going to be a great show," producer, announcer and president of the board Ed Dupuis said. "This is a show that people have seen literally all over the world."

There are only eight people in the cast, including musician and performer Jeremy Schudel of Savannah and Cassandra Mears of Bluffton, who play the young couple, Matt and Luisa. Mears was in the theater's recent production of "The Producers." Pete Zelezenik of Hilton Head Island plays one of the fathers, and Pat Morgan of Bluffton plays the other. Zelezenik played the male lead in "The Producers." The show is narrated by El Gallo, who is played by Henry Dreier of Beaufort. Dreier was also in "The Producers."

"The Fantasticks" tells the story of a young boy and girl whose fathers have built a wall to keep them apart. Despite what they think are their fathers' wishes, the young people fall in love. When they find out their fathers were only pretending to feud in a scheme to encourage their disobedient children to get together, the two break up and embark on their own journeys.

Written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the play premiered in 1960. Dupuis said it is the longest-running musical in history. He said songs such as "Try to Remember" are what makes the show a hit.

"It's what you call a very, very nice show," Dupuis said. "And that's why it's had such a long run. We have great voices and good performers in the show."

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