The Longest Running Off-Broadway Show!
by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Patrick Braillard
Musical Direction by Timothy D. Turner
Production by Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble of Orlando, Florida
auditions in September, information below! 4 adult males & 3 adult females needed
Performances on September 29, 30, October 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 @ 8 p.m. // October 2, 9, 16 @ 2:00 p.m.
All Performances at Central Florida Performing Arts Alliance Studio Theatre (Click for Map)
"The Fantasticks” is a well-known and beloved musical, which opened Off-Broadway in May 1960 and ran until January 2002 with 17,162 performances at the Sullivan Street Playhouse. The final show was sold out for months in advance and came down with bravoes and tears.
The story is of true love between a boy and the girl next door who searches the world and fines that there is no better place for love than their own backyard. Love, feuding fathers, a bandit, a mute and a happy ending are all the ingredients for romance, mystery and adventure. It is no wonder “The Fantasticks” has continued to entertain audiences across the globe.
"The Fantasticks" is the longest-running legitimate show in any category in American theatre history. The day it opened, a nationwide civil defense drill took place, Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy won the Indiana Presidential Primary and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded to a musical, "Florello!", by George Abbott, Jerome Weidman, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.
"The Fantasticks’" standing in the Guinness Book of World Records is surpassed only by Agatha Christie’s "The Mousetrap", which opened in London in 1952. However, in 1974, "The Mousetrap" moved from the Ambassador Theatre to the St. Martins, and so The Fantasticks is the world’s longest running show of any category still running in its original theatre.
There have been more than 8,228 productions of the show in the United States in over 2,000 cities and towns. It has played in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.
The state with the most productions is New York, with 589, followed by California with 551. The state with the least productions is Nevada, which has only had 18. Other states with many productions are Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, and Illinois.
"The Fantasticks" has had 453 productions in 69 counties and has been produced 191 times in Canada, 48 in Germany and 38 in Australia. In Scandinavia, 43 productions include 1 each year since 1962, when it won an award as that year’s Outstanding New Theatrical Piece.
Japan has seen 9 productions, New Zealand 7, Saudi Arabia 5, Czechoslovakia 4 and Israel 3. It has played in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. There have been recent productions in such cities as Dublin, Milan, Budapest, Port of Spain, Bangkok and Beijing.
The Narrator (El Gallo) Steven Lane
The Boy (Matt) Robert Berliner
The Boy’s Mother (Hucklebee) Julianne Snyder
The Girl (Louisa) Karla Sue Schultz
The Girl’s Mother (Bellomy) Cara Moccia
The Actor (Henry) Ron Weaver
The Man Who Dies (Mortimer) Veit “Yung” Nguyen
The Mute Lora “Dorothy” Massey
Musical Director Biography
Timothy D. Turner has been performing professionally for 27 years in professional & commercial productions, on stage and screen, with celebrities such as Shirley Jones, Rita Marino & Marvin Hamlisch and groups like Canadian Brass & the King’s Singers. He has directed and produced theatre, cabarets, stage shows, concerts and film for more than 20 years throughout the continental United States and Europe. “The Fantastics” marks his 2nd production with Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble and this show marks his 44th production in the area since his relocation to Central Florida in 2001. He holds a BM in Performance from Millikin University and works as a director, performer, performance coach, clinician, producer, composer, community organizer and writer. Currently, he resides in Longwood, Florida just north of Orlando, but he travels extensively as a working professional.
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Please prepare a monologue and two contrasting musical selections (16 bars each) and bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. See Preparation Notes below for more information.
September 1 6 - 11 p.m.
Studio Theatre Rehearsal Room of Orlando, FL (click for map)
PAID roles (percentage of box office)
Call or email for an appointment
Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble audition information (407) 443-7437 or email@example.com
Roles Needed: All roles now cast.
Matt (The Boy): An innocent young man. Baritone/Tenor: A-High G
Louisa (The Girl): A romantic idealist. Soprano: B-High B
Hucklebee (The Boy's Father or Mother): Former navy man, meticulous gardener. Baritone: A-High F Sharp
Bellomy (The Girl's Father or Mother): A merchant, also a picky gardener. Baritone: A-High F Sharp
El Gallo (The Narrator): A rakish, handsome gallant. Baritone: A Flat-High G
Henry (The Actor or Actress): An aging, over the top thespian. Non-singing
Mortimer (The Man or Woman who dies): Henry's goofy sidekick. Non-singing
The Mute: A speechless presence who watches, acts as a wall and so on. Male or Female. Non-singing
Lovers, Fathers/Mothers, El Gallo: Please prepare a one minute comedic monologue and two contrasting songs (16 bars each).
Henry/Mortimer: Please prepare a one minute comedic monologue.
The mute: Please prepare a silent scene that demonstrates your physical prowess.
To hear a brief clip in Windows Media format from a specific song click on the song title.
· Overture - Orchestra
· Try To Remember - El Gallo, Luisa, Matt, Hucklebee, Bellomy
· Much More - Luisa
· Metaphor - Matt, Luisa
· Never Say No - Hucklebee, Bellomy
· It Depends On What You Pay - El Gallo, Hucklebee, Bellomy
· Soon It's Gonna Rain - Matt, Luisa
· Abduction Ballet - Company
· Happy Ending - Company
· The Plum Is Too Ripe - Matt, Luisa, Hucklebee, Bellomy
· I Can See It - Matt, El Gallo
· Plant A Radish - Hucklebee, Bellomy
· Round And Round - El Gallo, Luisa, Company
· They Were You - Matt, Luisa
· Abductions - El Gallo, Hucklebee, Bellomy
· This Is the Perfect Time - El Gallo