HUHS Musical- The Fantasticks

Harwood Union High School is thrilled to be presenting "The Fantasticks" with book/lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt. The world's longest-running musical, "The Fantasticks" originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1960 and tells the story of two neighboring families who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud. The show's themes center around the waxing and waning thrill of new love and the different kinds of pain and adventure that are a part of life. The show's most-recognized song "Try to Remember" encourages the audience to think about a simpler time when dreams were plenty but also states "without the hurt the heart is hollow." Though there are some melancholy themes, there is also plenty of comedy throughout such as in "This Plum is Too Ripe" where we can all empathize with a family getting irritated with one another after spending a little too much time together, or perhaps the parents who believe it is easier to "Plant a Radish" than to raise a child.

Harwood's production will be based upon the updated 2006 revival and features eight students in grades 8 through 11. Wanda Sullivan and Christopher Cummiskey are Luisa and Matt with Abby Holter as El Gallo, Claudia Derryberry and Abigail Leighty are the parents, with Mia Lapointe and Sadie McKibben as the actors Henry and Mortimer, and Zoe Blackman as The Mute.

In order to safely welcome a live audience back to the Harwood Musical, the performances will be held outdoors at Camp Meade in Middlesex. Three performances will run Thursday through Saturday, May 13-15 at 7:30pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets though there will be some available on site. All attendees must be masked and distance must be maintained between family groups. Spectators may NOT attend the performance if any of the following are true: * In the last 14 days have been a close contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19 and have been directed to quarantine by the department of health. * Feel unwell and have symptoms associated with Covid-19. * Have a body temperature of 100.9 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

Tickets are $5 suggested donation Cash or check accepted at the door. The creative team, director Scott Weigand and music director Stefanie Weigand, can not wait to see the community gathered together for live theatre again. To hear laughter, sighs, cheers, and the applause these students so deserve. Thank you so much for your support of the arts in our community!

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