The Fantasticks’ national tour includes performance at Wingate University

The Fantasticks
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Wingate, N.C. – The creative team of The Nebraska Theatre Caravan delivers a fantastical steampunk-inspired adaptation of the world’s longest-running production of any kind, The Fantasticks, to The Batte Center at Wingate University on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

This funny, romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall includes memorable songs like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.” 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."

Through the creative genius of director Carl Beck, costume designer Georgiann Regan and scenic designer Jim Othuse, comes a fresh new steampunk adaptation which lends a whimsical Victorian-industrial look to this classic musical. "It's not an intrusive concept,” Beck said of the steampunk concept. “It seems like the allegoric-quality can blend with the fantasy, giving it a quasi-period feel and making for a stronger statement than [The Fantasticks] usually gets." The story was not rewritten or changed. Outside of the costumes, set and props, this show is the original. "It's classical simplicity. It's not a contemporary character tale,” Beck said. “It's about a boy who is overly in love with a girl whose fathers are trying to keep them together by pulling them apart. Steampunk seems to lend itself to this story by finding beauty among the broken pieces."

The Fantasticks, written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, opened off-Broadway in 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village with stage, film and television actor Jerry Orbach in the leading role. The production went on to play a record-breaking 17,162 performances before closing in 2002, making it the world’s longest-running musical and the longest continuously-running production of any kind in the United States. In 2006 the show was revived off-Broadway at the Jerry Orbach Theatre inside the Snapple Theatre Center in Times Square.

The Fantasticks, produced by the veteran theatrical touring company, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, will perform at Wingate University as part of a 65-city national itinerary. The Fantasticks musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased online at or by calling the Batte Center Box Office at 704-233-8300 or Carolina Tix at 704-372-1000. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Batte Center Box Office Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Recommended for children 10 years and over.

The Batte Center
Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short five minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just off of Highway 74 and only 29 miles southeast of downtown Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility. Learn more at

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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