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Saugus High hosts 'The Fantasticks'

Posted: January 11, 2010 4:30 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2010 11:55 a.m.

 
Saugus High School's production of the beloved musical "The Fantasticks" recreates the original show in every magical detail, thanks to the participation of three professional musical directors who have been rehearsing intensely with students since early September.

The shows plays for two weekends (Jan. 21-23 and Jan. 29-30) and features Broadway veteran Sara Niemietz as Luisa. A 17-year old Saugus senior and professional actress/singer, Sara starred in Carol Burnett's play "Hollywood Arms" on Broadway and also in Jason Robert Brown's recent musical "13" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

A live band accompanies the show which plays at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

"The Fantasticks" tells the story of a young boy and girl who fall madly in love at the hands of their meddling fathers, but soon grow restless and leave each other to go off and "see the world." Will their separation provide a deeper appreciation for the young love they once shared or turn into a bitter memory?

"The Fantasticks" is the quintessential celebration of romantic love, in all its gorgeous simplicity and heartbreaking complexities, and features such classic songs as "Try to Remember," "They Were You" and "Much More." It is truly a musical for all ages, indeed, for anyone who has ever been in love or hopes to be.

The show stars other accomplished Saugus singer/actors including Daniel Stewart as Matt, Jacob Thomson as El Gallo, Cameron Rose as Huckabee and Matt Thorpe as Bellomy. Doing a comic turn as Henrietta and Mortimer are Lexi Laundy and Joe Veliz.

"The Fantasticks" originally opened at New York's Sullivan Street Playhouse in 1960 and is still playing today.

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