April 29, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant
The Maryville College Playhouse will close out the 2002-2003 season with a run of the acclaimed musical “The Fantasticks,” Thursday, May 1 through Sunday, May 4.
Presented by MC theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, and produced entirely by students, “The Fantasticks” draws its cast from both the MC campus and the wider community. MC senior Sarah Stoffle has served as director for the production.
“ I have wanted to direct ‘The Fantasticks’ since I first saw it two years ago,” according to director Stoffle. “I think it is one of those musicals that will tug at the audience’s heart and make them remember what it first felt like to be in love.”
A story of young love with a twist, “The Fantasticks,” entertained audiences for more than 40 years, making it “the world’s longest-running musical.” The classic musical, written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, opened at New York City’s Greenwich Village Theater in May, 1960.
Performances Thursday through Saturday begin at 8 p.m. at the MC Playhouse, located in the Wilson Chapel/Theatre complex; a 3 p.m. matinee will run on Sunday. Admission is $5. A free open dress rehearsal will also be held on Wednesday, April 30, at 8 p.m.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.