Illusion, love and moonlight converge in all-ages musical

“The Fantasticks,” considered the world’s longest running musical, directed by Glen York, will be performed by Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre at the HART Theatre from Friday through Sept. 22.

“The Fantasticks,” script and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, has been described as the ideal musical. According to The Fantasticks on Broadway website, it is “a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The narrator, El Gallo asks audience members 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: ‘Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.’”

Many of the songs in “The Fantasticks” have become cultural classics such as “Try to Remember,” “They Were You” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”

It is a true a family-friendly, heart-warming and magical American classic that has been performed around the world and in professional and community theatres in towns across the United States.

Several members of the talented young cast, including the stage manager Hannah Solheim, have performed onstage together in “Godspell,” a STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy production. This is also the third HART production for Jake Beaver, as El Gallo, a role made famous by Jerry Orbach, and director Glen York’s fourth show with HART.

In keeping with Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre’s 2013-14 season theme of “HART Looks at Art,” two actors from “The Fantasticks,” Heather Sutherland and Sarah Thornton, will be live models for a “quick draw” event during Hillsboro’s Plein Air event Sept. 20 and 21.

HART’s lobby will also feature artwork by, among others, Nick Hamilton, who is playing Bellomy in this production.

“The Fantasticks” will be performed Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on Sept. 8, 15 and 22. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $13 for children, and can be purchased on the HART website,, or by calling the box office at 503-693-7815.

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