‘The Fantasticks’ opening tonight in Greenfield

  • Contributed photoAndy Zane (Matt), Jasmine Goodspeed (Luisa), Larry Picard (El Gallo – front),  David Cavallin (Mortimer- in back) and John Reese (Henry) rehearse the Abduction Ballet. Contributed photo

  • David Cavallin (Mortimer), John Reese (Henry) and Larry Picard (El Gallo) rehearse the Abduction Ballet. Contributed photo

  • Contributed photo/Ellen Blanchett

  • Jasmine Goodspeed, who plays Luisa, listens to Larry Picard who plays El Gallo, as he describes the wonders of the world she will experience should she leave home, in the Silverthorne Theater Company production of The Fantasticks opening today at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ELLEN BLANCHETTE

Staff Writer
Published: 6/20/2019 6:00:24 AM

Opening tonight, Silverthorne Theater Company will present “The Fantasticks” — the longest-running musical in Broadway history — as the second production of its 2019 season.

The musical, written in 1960 by Harvey Schmidt (lyrics) and Tom Jones (music), is a gentle story about falling into — and out of — love and the perils of wishes realized. Silverthorne’s version features lovers, pirates, bandits, and turnips, with a memorable score that includes classic tunes like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.” 

An opening benefit performance will be held tonight in The Perch at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, with proceeds going to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. Doors open for a special 7 p.m. reception before the first performance at 7:30 p.m.

After tonight, The Fantasticks will be performed through next Saturday — on June 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 — starting at 7:30 p.m. each night except for a Sunday matinee June 23. Doors will open for that performance at 2 p.m. Tickets for the opening show, tonight, are $30. Admission for next Thursday and Sunday’s show are $20 for adults and $18 for students or seniors older than 65. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday night shows are $25 general admission, $20 students and seniors.

The show’s director, Carmela Lanza-Weil, first worked with Silverthorne as director of the world premiere of Aidan’s Gift, a play that won the theater company’s 2016 New Play Competition. Lanza-Weil has a background in professional theater as a director and actor, according to a press statement about the event.  The show’s music director, Ted Trobaugh, was also music director for Silverthorne’s premiere production of the original musical Tar2f! last spring. The cast includes Larry Picard of Northampton as El Gallo; Jasmine Goodspeed of Florence as Luisa; and Andy Zane of Northampton as Matt. Stephanie Carlson of Easthampton plays Hucklebee; Autumn Tustin of Northampton is Bellamy. John Reese of Greenfield and David Cavallin of West Springfield play Henry and Mortimer respectively. Madeline Bolles Oldenberg of Colrain rounds out the cast as The Mute.

Off-stage, Sharon Weyer of Northfield will stage manage the show’s production; Hannah Trobaugh is the set designer. John Iverson of Bernardston, the tech director and fight choreographer, oversaw set construction, sound and lighting design. Costume design is by Jazmine Carroll of Keene, N.H., and choreography by Molly Fletcher Lynch.  Rebecca Daniels is the show’s producer. 

As the upper Pioneer Valley’s only small professional company, Silverthorne is the resident company at the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center at 289 Main St. in downtown Greenfield. Silverthorne Theater Company was founded in 2013 and held its first performance season the following year. More information can be found at silverthornetheater.org. Tickets for all shows are currently available at Eventbrite.com (search “Fantasticks”), or by calling 413-768-7514. They can be purchased with credit cards at the door or over the phone.

You can reach Andy Castillo at acastillo@recorder.com.




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