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ArtisTree's Music Theatre Festival Presents, The Fantasticks

This moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned -- only to discover a more mature, meaningful love -- is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics.

The Longest Running Musical in History!

Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones Music by Harvey Schmidt

Directed & Choreographed by: Gary John La Rosa

"Try to Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

The Fantasticks is the funny, romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and the two fathers who try to keep their children apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use its imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic, as the boy and the girl fall in love, drift apart, and finally find their way back to each other. They’ve come to realize the truth in El Gallo's words: "Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

Featuring Broadway's Ken Prymus (Cats, The Wiz), this moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned -- only to discover a more mature, meaningful love -- is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics.

Directed & Choreographed by: Gary John La Rosa

The Fantasticks is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).


About the ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival:

The ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival offers a season of live, professional musical theatre productions that run from August to October each year. Our Festival is modeled after the “summer stock” tradition of staging shows: we use a resident company of actors and artists to create a series of musicals, with an all-new production presented every few weeks across our three-month season.

The actors, designers, technicians, and musicians of the ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival come from all over the United States.  They hold degrees in theatre, and while some of our guest stars are veterans of the Broadway stage, many others are just beginning their professional careers.  The Festival offers them a variety of diverse, legitimate credits for their resumes; most of our actors and directors are transplants to New York City, where the theatre action is. 

Our creative team is led by festival artistic director, Josh D. Smith. Last year, he and his staff sorted through nearly 800 applications, headshots, and résumés; conducted interviews; and held auditions both locally and in New York City to assemble the finest amalgam of artists we could provide for our premier season.

For our 2017 inaugural repertoire, we presented the very popular Always…Patsy Cline, Godspell, and The Marvelous Wonderettes.  Feedback from the community about the quality of the productions -- and what was seen as an exemplary use of the historic Grange Theatre -- has enabled us to return with a very exciting second season.

We also are very pleased to announce a 2018 partnership with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.  While we worked with AEA last season under a specific Guest Artist contract, our ongoing association with them enables the festival to be recognized as a Small Professional Theatre (SPT).  This allows us to employ more seasoned professionals alongside up-and-coming young artists.  Starting next season, we also will be able to provide Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) points, helping to further the professional theatre careers of aspiring newcomers.

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*Food and Drink available for purchase through our concession stand powered by the Barnard Inn! You can find them in the Grange Theatre lobby on performance nights.*

Both food and drink are allowed in the theatre during performances.

Ticket holders receive a 10% discount off dinner at the Barnard Inn & Max's Tavern the day they have tickets for. Reservations available between 5-6pm. Contact 802-234-9961 or make a reservation online at