“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
~John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck is a moving character study of two roving farmhands in the late 1930’s. George tries to look after Lennie — who has a little boy’s mind in the body of a powerful man with an obsession for small, soft, cuddly things. Unfortunately George is not successful in his efforts to keep the promise of “tending the rabbits” and keeping Lennie out of trouble. As the story unfolds, we find George and Lennie trying to make it at yet another ranch after running from trouble, where once again George must try to keep Lennie out of trouble and away from the temptation of the rancher’s promiscuous wife. George is trying to make enough money so he and Lennie can realize their dream to “live off the fat of the land”, at their own place. But once again, Lennie unwittingly destroys this dream and forces George into a difficult moral decision of how to finally deal with Lennie.
“New Surry Theatre presents our 42nd Season!”
The Fantasticks, words by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Robin Jones, musical direction by Scott Cleveland, choreography by Nina Poole with Stephen Vara, George Neptune, Johannah Blackman, Jim Fisher, Peter Sly, Michael Reichgott, Summit Coleman and Tony Rolfe
- Jan. 31, Feb 1, Feb. 7-8, Feb. 14-15 at 7:00pm
- February 9 at 3:00pm
Performances at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 seniors and $12 students.
“Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” are two of the most beloved songs in American musical theater and they join many other memorable moments in “The Fantasticks” which will open NST’s 42nd Season beginning January 31st.
Luisa, played by Johannah Blackman (Music Man, Oliver!, Steel Magnolias) and Matt, played by George Neptune (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) are idealistic youngsters, caught up in a wild romantic love despite (and in part because of) the wall their fathers have built between their houses to keep them apart. What they do not realize is that those same fathers, played by Jim Fisher (Music Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Stream Crossings) and Peter Sly have conspired to build that very wall as a way of driving their children together. All goes according to plan until the plot is revealed. What happens next is a story that beautifully explores the difference between idealistic, “fantastick” love and real love. Everyone learns a lot along the way, and the whole ordeal is guided by the artfully clever El Gallo, played by Stephen Vara (House of Blue Leaves, Oliver!), with help from his assistant mute (Summit Coleman — Music Man) and a troupe of traveling performers (Michael Reichgott — Oliver!, Man of La Mancha, Sylvia and Tony Rolfe — One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Stream Crossings, Oliver!).
As the story unfolds, the audience is treated to one beautiful musical piece after another, beginning with the well-known “Try To Remember” and traveling through such other favorites as “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You”, with words by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt.
New Surry Theatre’s production of The Fantasticks is directed by Robin Jones, with musical direction by Scott Cleveland and choreography by Nina Robinson-Poole. As is true for all of NST’s productions, Bill Raiten serves as Artistic Director.
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the musical theater legacy that is The Fantasticks!
- Of Mice and Men ~ May, 2014
directed by Michael Reichgott
May 9-10, 16-17 and 23-25 at 7:00pm and May 18 at 3:00pm
- Carousel ~ July, 2014
directed by Bec Poole
July 17-19, 24-26 and August 1-2 at 7:00pm and July 27 at 3:00pm
- Sabrina Fair ~ August, 2014
directed by Dindy Royster
August 14-16 and 21-23 at 7:00pm and August 17 at 3:00pm