The Fantasticks

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  • Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
  • Music by Harvey Schmidt
  • Directed by David Bennett
  • Music Direction by Linda Dowdell

The Fantasticks  is the longest-running musical in the world – but have YOU ever seen a professional production?  Come enjoy this funny, romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall.  In this moving show, the boy and girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after learning that “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” With book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, it is the only Off-Broadway show that has ever won a Tony.  The now-classic 1960 score includes the lovely “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” and the haunting “Try To Remember.”  The show’s original production opened on May 3, 1960, and ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances.  Come and discover the show you think you know.

Saturday, October 18th at 8pm and Sunday, October 19th at 2pm

MEET THE CAST:

Ethan Carpenter (Matt, The Boy) is thrilled to be joining SHOWTUNES! Since moving to Seattle last year, Ethan has appeared in Les Miserables and Funny Girl with Village Theatre and A Chorus Line with 5th Avenue Theatre. Other credits include Smudge in Forever Plaid, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Grantaire in Les Miserables, and two summer seasons with the Huntington Supperclub singing the hits of Neil Diamond, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison. Up next: Marius in Les Miserables! Proud graduate of Indiana University.

Anne Eisendrath (Luisa, The Girl) After graduating from University of Michigan, one of Anne’s first Seattle opportunities was with SHOWTUNES’ Fiorello! Since then she has worked with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Village Theatre, Musica Sacra Chamber Chorale, and the 5th Avenue Theatre where she was last seen as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. She lives in her West Seattle “castle” with her husband, Ian and children, Lucy, Oscar & Charlie.

Allen Galli (Mortimer, The Man Who Dies) Allen’s previous SHOWTUNES credits include Miracle on 34th Street, Singin’ in the Rain and A Man of No Importance. He is a 34 year veteran of Seattle stages, appearing at SCT, Intiman, ACT, 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Theatre and Book It. Regional credits include Arizona Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. In January, he will be reprising the role of Sancho in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Don Quixote.

Sean Griffin (Henry, The Old Actor) In a career spanning 50 years and over 160 productions, Sean is thrilled to be a part of SHOWTUNES. He has appeared at all the professional theaters in Seattle, major repertory companies across the US as well as in six Broadway productions. He has toured nationally and internationally. He has appeared in several films, television series and commercials. Sean resides in Seattle with his wife Bernie, who is the Managing Director at The 5th Avenue Theatre. He is a loving “Pop” to Ava and Jack and has been a proud member of Actors Equity since 1968.

Stephen Hando (Bellomy, The Girl’s Father) has been performing in and around Seattle since he first arrived in 1992. Local production credits include: Book It Repertory Theatre (Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, In a Shallow Grave), Greek Active (King John, St Joan, Mourning Becomes Electra), Seattle Repertory Theatre (Inspecting Carol), Seattle Children’s Theatre (Junie B. Jones and A Little Monkey Business) and Printer’s Devil Theater (Torso, Keefee’s House of Cards, A Terrible Price for Whimsy).

Auston James (El Gallo, The Narrator) is very happy to be making his debut with SHOWTUNES. He most recently appeared as Dan in Next To Normal at Balagan and as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz with Seattle Children’s Theatre. He has performed locally with the Seattle Rep, Village Theatre, ACT, Music of Remembrance, TAG, and Seattle Opera.

Cassidy Katims (The Mute) Fun Fact: After my first time watching The Fantasticks, I walked away mesmerized by the power of a speechless role. That was the moment that I knew I must play the game of theater. It is an honor and a treat to be tackling the role of my childhood dreams, and with such a fantastic cast and production team. Past credits include: Ugly – Honk! (Artswest), Jumper- Jumpers (Act), Mungojerrie- Cats (Village Theatre), Dragon Tumbler- Miss Saigon (5th Avenue).

Sarah Rudinoff (Hucklebee, The Boy’s Mother) Known as both an actress and a singer, Sarah has performed numerous roles at the 5th Avenue Theatre, most recently as a wicked step-sister in Cinderella (Gregory Nomination). She has performed in theatres from the Seattle Rep to Re-bar. Last season she performed in Dayna Hanson’s The Clay Duke (On the Boards). Sarah’s solo shows include Broad, Go There, and The Last State, and she is collaborating with the divine David Bennett on her new solo work which will premiere in 2015. Sarah has a Stranger Genius Award in Theater.

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