Sept 3 - Sept 20, 2008
Featuring the hit songs, "Try To Remember", "Soon It's
Gonna Rain" and "They Were You,"
THE FANTASTICKS
has won acclaim the world over, making it the longest
running musical in history -- 42 years from 1960 to 2002
musical comedy, musical romance, vaudeville and
Music by Harvey Schmidt
SHEILA LACASSE
MALCOLM BYRNE
JOE CASCONE
Lighting by
Costumes by
Production Stage Manager
DAVID HAINES
LARRY GIBBS
LARRY WESTLAKE
ANDREW BYRNE
JACK LY

MICHAEL WILMOT
ANDREW CHAN
SUSAN SANDERS
El Gallo
Matt
Luisa
Bellomy
Hucklebee
Henry, the old actor
Mortimer
The Mute

At the Piano
At the Harp
At Other Instruments
There’s an ethereal quality to The Fantasticks. Though the musical was written in the late 1950s and reflected some
Jones adapted from the French play
Les Romanesquesconnect with a broad spectrum of people, far beyond the
traditional theatre crowd.  The original cast recording sold connect with a broad spectrum of people, far beyond the
traditional theatre crowd.  The original cast recording sold millions of copies, and several songs from the score
became popular standards.
millions of copies, and several songs from the score became popular standards.


For all its international fame and success, the show never betrays its roots and the Civic Light Opera Company‘s new
production honours that tradition. Perfectly ensconced in the cozy confines of Fairview Library theatre,
Joe Cascone’
s staging blends just the right amounts of romance, drama and comedy in this lightly allegorical fable about a son, a
daughter, two fathers and a wall.

Jack Ly plays the Wall in a mute role. He doesn’t get to sing but his presence contributes greatly to the magic. That
magic is also enhanced by harpist Andrew Chan. He along with the other members of the three-piece musical
ensemble, Michael Wilmot on piano and
Susan Sanders on percussion, provide the proper romantic accompaniment.

Ashley Gibson and Roger Larios are the lovers. She captures a young girl’s breathless excitement at first love, while
he deftly portrays the young man’s wanderlust. Their duet of “Soon it’s Gonna Rain” late in the first act is exquisitely
sung and staged simply yet effectively.

Larry Gibbs and David Haines playing the young lovers fathers counterbalance what could be perceived as a fairly
saccharine love story. Their devious little plot to pretend to object to their children’s romance by staging a mock feud
drives the narrative.  When their plan works they need a new plan to solve the feud.  Enter El Gallo, portrayed by
Joe
Cascone, who hires two bumbling actors played by Larry Westlake and Andrew Byrne to stage a mock abduction.  
Cascone’s character also serves as narrator and he sings the most famous song “Try to Remember” with an earnest
sweetness.

The musical has lost none of its charm, and this production is enhanced by
Gareth Crew’s delicate lighting. The
minimalist set may have originally been born of financial necessity in 1960 but brilliantly underscores the theatricality
of the piece.

That theatricality is what makes this particular production of
The Fantasticks so winning, and a fine start to the Civic
Light Opera Company’s 30th anniversary season.