Chestertown, MD — The Riverside Players will present three performances of "The Fantasticks," Jan. 27, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. in the Norman James Theater on the campus of Washington College. This musical features accompaniment by Dick Durham, well-known Shore jazz pianist.
The story is simple. A boy and a girl are in love. They think their fathers are against the romance, but in truth the wily dads have set out to engineer the whole affair. The fathers hire El Gallo, a roving bandit, to abduct the girl and be defeated by the boy, thus securing the union. But all doesn't go as planned. El Gallo's assistant in the abduction, an old actor, turns out to be an invaluable character, reminding everyone of the importance of make-believe in a harsh world.
The show, "pure theatrical magic," began its off-Broadway run in 1960 and continues in the Sullivan Theatre in New York today. Eight actors who sing accompanied by piano, harp, bass and drum; some simple props and costumes; and a theaterful of imagination add up to an unforgettable experience for everyone.
Admission to "The Fantasticks" is $5.00. Washington College students pay $2.00. Group rates are also available. Call Lindsay Krieg, 410-778-8773, for more information.