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Valley Theater Company presents 'Fantasticks'

PROSSER - Valley Theater Company is gearing up to present "The Fantasticks," the longest running off-Broadway musical, at Prosser's historic Princess Theatre on Feb. 13, 14 and 21. Show times are 7:30 p.m. all three dates with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 21.

"The Fantasticks" is a delightful musical with songs such as "Try To Remember" and "You Are Love."

The story revolves around a girl, Luisa, and a boy, Matt, who fall in love mainly because their parents forbid it. "To manipulate children, you have to say no," the parents insist.

The parents stage a grand "abduction" to allow Matt to rescue Luisa and end the "feud" that the parents have devised to draw the two youngsters together. Of course, the plan goes awry and both Luisa and Matt must discover the challenges of the world before they are able to appreciate the love at their fingertips.

The theater company has rated the play PG-13 for content.

The play stars William Bradt as the mysterious El Gallo, Alivia Bierschbach as Luisa and Chance Rush as Matt. Amy Householder and Art Klym portray the parents, Karen Pitman is The Mute, Bill Boge is Henry and Leroy Bussert is Mortimer.

The director is Rick James; Laura Berkompas is the assistant director. Candace Andrews and Paul Brooks are co-producers. Andrews is the choreographer; Mary K. French is the vocal coach.

Tickets will be available in early February at Sixth Street Gift & Art Gallery in Prosser, Grandview Safeway and Sunnyside Daily News.

Tickets also will be available at the door 30 minutes before curtain. Ticket prices are $10 for students and seniors (age 65 and older) and $12 for adults. The Princess Theatre is at 1226 Meade Avenue in Prosser.

The production staff includes Amy Milne; costumer, Susan Webber; props coordinator; Rick James, set designer; Christy Humann, set dresser; Bill Campbell, stage foreman; Chance Rush, lighting designer; and Linda Pietz, make-up artist.

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