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The Fantasticks
a Musical Comedy
by Tom Jones and Harvey Shmidt

COMPANY : Pace Academy Theatre Department [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Pace Fine Arts Center
ID# 1171

SHOWING : February 03, 2005 - February 05, 2005



Musical Director Beth Barrow-Titus
Assistant Director Kadi Deans
Choreographer Caroline Clements Kulinski
Director George Mengert
Props Kensey Baker
Lighting Design Christopher Cohen
Spot Operator Sarah Davis
Sound Design Paul Dunaway
Props Hannah Fearing
Costumes Connie Galloway
Props Anna Leber
Make-Up Jan Matthews
Light Board Operator Cameron Pye
Costumes Jill Sabulis
Technical Director Scott Sargent
Master Electrician Mark Smith
Spot Operator Scott Turner
Sound Assistant Jessica Washington
Stage Manager Tim Zdencanovic
Percussion Scott Campbell
Harp Jill Roberts
Piano Susan Wallace
El Gallo Jeff Crosley
The Mute Alyssa DeSocio
Hucklebee Jack Garcia
Henry Jay Gard
Luisa Lara Goodrich
Mortimer Eli Mazursky
Bellomy Vanessa Petrosky
Matt Cameron Smith
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I could not imagine it better!
by Mercutio121687
Tuesday, February 8, 2005
I was fortunate enough to see Pace Academy's production of the world's longest-running musical twice! And, to be perfectly honest, I wish I had been able to see it again.

The directors decided that such an intimate production was too small for Pace's 600 seat auditorium, so they downsized, putting seating for 250 on the stage. The small stage, with it's "prop trunk" trap door and functional corner ropes (used for hanging up random set dressings) was positioned by the fly system. If only all black boxes were designed like this makeshift blackbox!

The show was directed by Pace's usual brilliant team, and such an intimate production gave them a chance to truly show what they could do.

In the role of the narrator (El Gallo) was Jeff Crosley. In the past, Jeff has had such roles as Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Thenardier in "Les Miserables", so it was nice to hear him talk and sing in a normal voice, with no accent! His singing was lovely and his interpretation of the character was perfect, big and outrageous when necessary, yet sensitive and reserved when appropriate.

The two lovers, Matt and Luisa, were played by Cameron Smith and Lara Goodrich. Cameron's lyrical tenor voice was perfectly suited for the music. A personal highlight for me was his "I Can See It." His performance was youthful and fearless. Lara Goodrich has got to be one of the best high school performers around. Her voice is powerful and gorgeous, and this hard-to-act role seemed effortless for her. Her "Much More" was arguably the best musical number in the show.

The two parents were played by Vanessa Petrosky and Jack Garcia. These two had outstanding chemistry, and some of the best comic timing I've ever seen. VIVA PUERTO RICO!

The two actors were played by Jay Gard and Eli Mazursky. Both of them were definitely playing different roles than we have seen from them in the past. After all, in November, Jay was playing Gavroche in "Les Miserables" and now he's playing someone well into their 70s or 80s. The two were outrageous, and you couldn't help but laugh every time they were onstage, whether they were speaking or not.

Last, but certainly not least, we had Alyssa DeSocio as the Mute. An underrated role, the mute is responsible for the flow of the show, and, since the stage is totally open, must act as the stage manager. Knowing Alyssa personally and knowing how OCD she is, this was perfect for her. She also has very good body control, and that is of course important for a mime-type role.

One of the best shows I've seen in a long time, and I can't wait for the spring, when Pace Academy will be presenting "Little Shop of Horrors." [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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