OBU Theatre Presents The Fantasticks

Known as the longest running musical and the longest running show in American theatre history, The Fantasticks will be OBU Theatre’s final production of the 2005-06 season. Performances will be in Oklahoma Baptist University’s Craig-Dorland Theatre April 20-21 and 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Created by Tom Jones, who wrote the book and lyrics, and Harvey Schmidt, who wrote the music, The Fantasticks tells the deceptively simple story of a boy and a girl whose parents plot to get them together by keeping them apart. Featured in the musical are well-known and well-loved songs such as “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”

The lovers are played by Keri Dee Burman, a senior vocal performance and musical theater emphasis major from Edmond, Okla., who plays Louisa; and Drew Prince, a freshman theatre major from Tomball, Texas, who plays Matt.

Rebecca L. Barksdale, a sophomore theatre major from Houston, Texas, performs as The Mute; Jacob Louis, a sophomore theatre major from Corpus Christi, Texas, plays El Gallo; and Robert Christiansen, a senior theatre major from Kalama, Wash., is Hucklebee.

Other cast members include Lee Matthews, a senior theatre major from New Braunfels, Texas, who plays Bellomy; Collin Blackard, a junior theatre major from Idabel, Okla. who plays Henry; and Clint Cannon, a freshman theatre major from Shawnee, who plays Mortimer.

To purchase tickets, contact the OBU box office at 405-878-2347. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., in Sarkeys Telecommunications Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children.

OBU Theatre is featuring Date Night, on April 20, with a special offer of two tickets for $10. Family Fun Night is April 29, with a family of four (two adults and two children) price of $20.