The longest-running off-Broadway production enchanted its way to Slippery Rock University. As the shows unfold this spring, The Fantasticks will take you to a September evening, where audiences will experience the tale of an epic love story. This timeless musical uses creativity and imagination to create a magical and, clearly, fantastical adventure paired with catchy and memorable songs.
This production will take place in the newly renovated Black Box Theater at the Stoner Performing Arts Complex. The Black Box Theater has seating for spectators both front and side, which fits perfectly with playwright Tom Jones’ intentions for this specific musical. The Fantasticks is directed by Aaron Galligan-Stierle and music directed by Lincoln Sandham, who previously worked together on the world premiere of Techies, at Slippery Rock University in the fall of 2021.
Naomi Costanza makes her choreographic debut on The Fantasticks as a junior in the BFA program. She previously served as Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer for Techies, working alongside award-winning choreographer Ashley Marinelli. She is now using this unique opportunity to be part of the cast and creative team.
The Fantasticks will have performances at 7:30 p.m. on April 22, 23, 25 and 26 and at 2 p.m. on April 24. Tickets can be purchased at sru.edu/tickets or at the door just before performances.
Cast includes Gwen Lilycrop, Abby Malczon, Haven Joseph-Lyon, Gabriel Craig, Aleah Stahlnecker, Valerie Bowman, Corban Dunn and Naomi Costanza. Katelyn Loss, Kaleb Purswell and Austyn Acker are the stunt doubles.
The creative team includes Aaron Galligan-Stierle (director), Naomi Costanza (choreographer), Lincoln Sandham (music director), Rebecca Morrice (head of department and costume design), Sam Kuchta (set and lighting design) , Tonya Lynn (Combat Director), Laura Smiley (Intimacy Director), Isaac Perez (Sound Design), Properties Designer (Livi Mosca) Michael Boone (Technical Director), Mary Hodson (Costume Coordinator), Olivia Mosca (Accessories), Austyn Acker (Assistant Director), Kaleb Purswell (Dance Captain), Harley Scherrbaum (Assistant Manager), Morgan Alter (Assistant Manager) and Denise Vonada (Production Manager).
The Fantasticks was written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt and is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com