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THE FANTASTICKS by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt
PACA Theatre, 1505 State Street, Floor 2, Erie, Pennsylvania 16501
January 27, 2023 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm
January 28, 2023 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm

February 2, 2023 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm

February 3, 2023 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm

February 4, 2023 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm

February 10, 2023 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm

February 11, 2023 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm
THE FANTASTICKS by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt


Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt

3 Weekends • 7 Performances
Friday & Saturday, January 27, 28
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 2, 3, 4
Friday & Saturday, February 10, 11

Location & Time:
PACA - Performing Artists Collective Alliance
1505 State St. Erie, PA
Doors: 7:00pm | Curtain: 7:30pm

Directed by Bob Martin

Joe Greulich • Molly Parks • Isaiah Aldridge • Mike Meyer • Dan Bainbridge • Rosie Hitt • Jordan Gilmore • Chris Pedersen

"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 a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."

With its minimal costumes, small band and virtually nonexistent set, The Fantasticks is an intimate show that may be performed in virtually any space, engaging the audience's imagination and showcasing a strong ensemble cast. Its 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.