The Fantasticks

Press Release

Posted: October 23, 2013


Lorain County Community College students and other local actors will take the stage in the LCCC Theatre department production of the world’s longest running musical, “The Fantasticks.”

The production will be presented at 8 p.m., Thursday, November 21-Saturday, November 23 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 24 in the Studio Theatre of Stocker Arts Center on the LCCC campus. The play is directed by Dave Cotton.

Tickets are $8 for adults; $7 for LCCC students with a valid ID, children 12 and under, LCCC faculty/staff and seniors 65 and older. Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling (440) 366-4040. Tickets are also available at the box office 90 minutes before show time.

“The Fantasticks” is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The narrator, El Gallo, played by Alex Craig of Elyria, 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". At the heart of it all is breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication with 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 play has been running in New York since 1960 and continues to be performed around the world. The production includes music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones.

Come enjoy a cast of local actors in the time-tested classic. Learn more at


Luisa - Heather Jane Farr - Columbia Station/Olmsted Falls
Matt - Tyler Holtzman - Elyria - LCCC Student
El Gallo - Alex Craig - Elyria
Bellomy - Shayne Knepper - Sheffield Lake - LCCC Student
Hucklebee - Jeff Baxter - Elyria
Henry - Colin P. McCauley - Avon - LCCC Alumni
Mortimer - Mike Schuler - Westlake - LCCC Student
Mute - Rachel Suhy - Lorain - LCCC Student
Mute - Jonathan Wheeler - Columbia Station - LCCC Student

The Fantasticks Artistic Staff:
Director, Dave Cotton - LCCC Adjunct Faculty
Musical Director, David Blazer - LCCC Adjunct Faculty
Choreographer, Denise Gula - Ohio Dance Theatre
Costume Designer, Diane Papp - LCCC Staff
Lighting and Scenic Designer, Jeremy K. Benjamin, LCCC Staff
Austin Shuman, Production Stage Manager - LCCC Student


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