CSM Theatre Company Presents Fall Musical, “The Fantasticks” Nov. 14-16, 21-23

Andy Whetzel

The longest running musical comes to Southern Maryland when the College of Southern Maryland’s Theatre Company presents its fall production of “The Fantasticks,” Nov. 14-16 and 21-23.

“The Fantasticks,” tells the story of two fathers, Hucklebee and Bellomy, who pretend they are feuding to trick their children to fall in love.  They even go so far as to build a wall between their homes to help make their plan believable. The consequences of their well-intentioned scheming result in a classic story of love, loss and redemption. 

The play is narrated by El Gallo, who watches and participates at pivotal moments. Luisa and Matt, the unsuspecting young lovers, question themselves, the meaning of life and love upon discovering the trickery. 

Written by Tom Jones and composed by Harvey Schmidt, the original off-Broadway production premiered in 1960 featuring the late Jerry Orbach in the role of El Gallo.  The show ran for 42 years, making it the world’s longest-running musical. 

CSM’s cast includes Andy Whetzel of Waldorf as Narrator El Gallo, Christina Tersero of Waldorf as Luisa, Ben Simpson of La Plata as Matt, Dale Sanchez of Indian Head as Hucklebee, and Jacob Stewart of Marbury as Bellomy.

Performances are Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. For information or reservations, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499 or 443-550-6199, Ext 7828, bxoffc@csmd.edu or www.csmd.edu/finearts.