The date is April 30. Rehearsals do not begin for another 23 days and already I am swept up in the whimsy and beauty that is The Fantasticks. Everything about this sweet little show rings true. And were it not for a good friend, I might still be denying that and viewing it simply as a funny little musical which I just really, really liked. My friend said, “It seems prophetic.” My walls went up right then and there. I did not want anyone looking into my soul. I didn’t even realize that this play could allow that. It’s just a play...that I really, really liked. But despite my best (alright, half-hearted) efforts not to, I kept trying to peer over the walls, to see what my friend saw paralleling my life to The Fantasticks. The more I read and reread and study this play (and I’m sure as I watch brilliant actors make it come to life), the more I see how perfect it is; how so much truth is crammed into a minimalistic, unassuming play. I did not know that when I decided to dedicate 9 months of my life to it, but I am sure glad I did. Art is a reflection of life. I am not really sure where I am going with this. I suppose I am just glad and overwhelmingly grateful for the subconscious foresight to choose The Fantasticks and for my friend gently asking me to see the show for what it really is to me and now allowing myself to let it happen.
Watch this video of our Matt and El Gallo rehearsing one of my favorite songs, "I Can See It."
Can't you see how awesome this show will be!?
Well, after two days or auditions, then two days of callbacks, we finally have a cast!
Ben Isaacs, of Ruts and Weeds, will be playing the gallant rouge, El Gallo
Our music director Ted S. Bushman makes an adorable Matt.
Marissa Smith, newest member of BYU's Young Ambassadors, is our very own Luisa!
I don't know if Alex Trop or Noelle Houston have ever not done a show together and they are the hilarious Mortimer and The Mute.
Andy Foree and Andrew Whittaker make a fantastick comedic duo as Bellamy and Hucklebee.
Pictures and videos coming soon!
The Rape Ballet makes The Fantasticks famous. The energetic, high stakes sword fight will be choreographed by Joshua Cooper who recently played D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers at The Covey Center. We're excited to have him on board!
Here's Joshua in rehearsal for The Three Musketeers. He's the one on the right. He'll do a great job choreographing Fantasticks!
I've been puzzling over how to choreograph some of the dancing for Fantasticks and thought surely I could handle it. I'm not a dancer but, hey!
Then the right person was put in my life at the right time. Emily and I have been working on a project to start a nonprofit dance studio and today after leaving a meeting, we were discussing this show. She said, "Do you want a choreographer?" The rest is history and now Emily Dance Fish is the official dance choreographer for The Fantasticks!
Isn't she Fantastick???
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