News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Community News, January 16, 2014
New Surry Theatre opens 42nd season with The Fantasticks

Peter Sly and Jim Fisher of New Surry Theatre

Peter Sly, left, as Bellomy and Jim Fisher as Hucklebee in New Surry Theatre’s upcoming production of The Fantasticks.

Photo courtesy of New Surry Theatre

”Try To Remember.” Romance. Sword fights. Dancing. A mime. A bandit. These are just a few of the reasons that The Fantasticks is the world’s longest-running musical, and this winter the lilting tunes of the love story come to the stage in Blue Hill as New Surry Theatre opens its 42nd season, the theater announced in a press release.

Luisa, played by Johannah Blackman and Matt, played by George Neptune are idealistic youngsters, caught up in a wild romantic love despite (and in part because of) the wall their fathers have built between their houses to keep them apart. What they do not realize is that those same fathers, played by Jim Fisher and Peter Sly have conspired to build that very wall as a way of driving their children together. All goes according to plan until the plot is revealed. What happens next is a story that beautifully explores the difference between idealistic, “fantastick” love and real love. Everyone learns a lot along the way, and the whole ordeal is guided by the artfully clever El Gallo, played by Stephen Vara, with help from his assistant mute, Summit Coleman, and a troupe of traveling performers.

As the story unfolds, the audience is treated to one musical piece after another, beginning with the well-known “Try To Remember” and traveling through such other favorites as “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You” with words by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt.

New Surry Theatre’s production of The Fantasticks is directed by Robin Jones, with musical direction by Scott Cleveland and choreography by Nina Robinson-Poole. As is true for all of NST’s productions, Bill Raiten serves as artistic director.

The Fantasticks will run at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater on January 31, February 1, 7, 8, 14 and15 at 7 p.m. and February 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling 207-200-4720 or emailing info@newsurrytheatre.org.