A timeless musical romance is set to usher in the 2017 Snowy Range Summer Theatre season at the University of Wyoming.
“The Fantasticks,” directed by Kevin Inouye, is scheduled to show at 7:30 p.m. June 15-17 and June 23-24 and 2 p.m. June 25 at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Thrust Theatre.
Tickets are $10 for the public and $7 for students, seniors and children older than 5.
The family-friendly show, which recently closed as one of the longest running Broadway shows of all time, was first performed in 1960. As it opens, the narrator asks the audience to travel with him to a world where a boy and the girl next door fall in love, grow apart, then find their way back together.
“‘The Fantasticks’ is a celebration of theater, in a lot of ways,” Inouye said. “It really is just about the magic of theater.”
The show explores the artifice and reality of theater itself, while also touching on imagination, love and fantasy, he said.
“In general, everything you see is being done by the actors onstage, and we get to see the magic and enjoy the magic while also seeing that it is magic,” he said.
Inouye said “The Fantasticks” features a score full of catchy songs that will stick with audience members, with musical direction by Sean Stone. The cast showcases UW music theater students, along with UW graduate Brikai Cordova.
He said audiences are in store for a pleasant, nostalgic experience.
“It also makes you sometimes think back about your own first loves, your own youth and your own place in life,” he said.
“The Fantasticks” is set to travel to Casper, Thermopolis, Sheridan and Newcastle before returning to Laramie the following weekend. The tour is sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance, in conjunction with UW Fine Arts Outreach.
Inouye said the show’s simpler logistics make it easy to take on the road, while also highlighting the strengths of the actors.
“It works well to have something we can put on fairly simply and show around the state, and showcase what the actors can do,” he said.
Inouye and Stone will be leading free workshops during the tour. They’ll lead the same free workshops in Laramie on June 24 in the Crane Studio.
At 1 p.m., Stone will lead a music theater workshop. At 2 p.m., Inouye will lead a workshop on stage combat. Classes are intended for participants in junior high and older.
Following the 2 p.m. showing on June 25, the audience is invited to tour backstage before the show is packed away.