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.