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OLT’s ‘The Fantasticks’ opens July 28

Submitted by Julie Ulmer

Opening night is always a thrill at OLT; you can be there Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. for “The Fantasticks!”

With music by Harvey Schmidt, and with book and lyrics by Tom Jones, this 1960’s musical has retained its popularity through the decades. The plot revolves around two neighboring fathers who hope to “trick” their children into falling in love by pretending to be in a feud with each other.

The cast and crew under the direction of April Renée Burt are excited to bring this popular and revered musical to audiences in our community. It includes the beautiful song “Try to Remember” which is beloved by musical theater fans. The show is both funny and poignant, and is sure to be enjoyed by local audiences.

Burt stated, “I can’t wait for our audiences to experience this show! There’s truly something for everyone in it; romance, comedy, social commentary, elements of avant-garde, etc. But at its core, the story of ‘The Fantasticks’ is a love story. It’s a story about humans, and the lengths to which we will all go for love.”

Performances will run July 28, 29, 30, and August 4, 5, and 6. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are now available online at Tickets will also be available at the door, but come a bit early to ensure admittance to this popular show.

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