YOUNGSTOWN - The Victorian Players at 702 Mahoning Ave. will stage its first musical, "The Fantasticks," the longest running musical in the world, from May 3-19. Written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, "The Fantasticks" opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York on May 3, 1960, and didn't close until 2002. The Victorian Players production will open on the 53rd anniversary of the original opening.
J.E. Ballantyne Jr., managing director of the Victorian, said that interest has been high for the production. "We began getting emails and calls in January asking when tickets would be available."
Starring in "The Fantasticks" will be Sarah Puhalla from Sharon, Pennsylvania and Nathan Pecchia from Canfield as Luisa and Matt. Their respective fathers will be played by Brian Lee and Tom Gent. Tom Kusiowski, who just appeared at the Victorian in "Below the Surface," will play El Gallo with Vinnie Dragos playing the Mute, Ballantyne playing Henry, the Old Actor and Ed Vostand playing Mortimer, the Indian.
Ballantyne is directing the show with Ed Phillips serving as musical director. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Group rates are also available as are special student group rates. Reservations may be made by calling 330-746-5455. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees starting at 2 p.m.. Opening night will feature a pre-show wine and cheese reception with a "birthday celebration" for "The Fantasticks" following the performance. Kontinuous Jams of Boardman is the corporate co-partner for the production.