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Fall For The Fantasticks

The charming and heartwarming tale of young love, THE FANTASTICKS, will play Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Plaza Theatre April 6 through 24. Audiences will follow the story of Matt and Luisa as they fall in love and face the challenges of growing up.THE FANTASTICKS tells the story of Matt (Nate Stukey) and Luisa (Arden Walker), two teenagers who have begun to fall in love, despite their fathers’ feud. The feud was a ploy, however, set up by the parents (Thomas E. Cunningham and Brian Stockton) to fan the flames of their children’s love. All seems well as the children declare their love for each other. But, as the narrator (Mateja Govich) warns the audience, “what was last night’s scenic, may seem cynic by today.” With music by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, the fanciful tale is perfect for the entire family.

THE FANTASTICKS is the longest running musical in New York, with over 17,000 performances done off-Broadway.

Arden Walker, who will play Luisa, is a student at Oklahoma City University; she was seen in Lyric’s 2014 production of LES MISERABLES. Nate Stukey is a student at the University of Central Oklahoma; this is his Lyric debut. Thomas E. Cunningham and Brian Stockton, who will play Hucklebee and Bellomy, respectively, have been seen in many Lyric productions. Cunningham’s credits include LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Fezziwig/Old Joe), LES MISERABLES (Thenardier), and RAGTIME (Father); Stockton’s credits include Lyric’s arts outreach program, Musical Interactive, THE ODD COUPLE (Roy), and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Phantom). Mateja Govich will play El Gallo and the narrator; his credits include MANN… AND WIFE (Glenn), LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Solicitor), and OKLAHOMA! (Curly).

Also featured in the cast are Terry Runnels as Henry, the actor, Hassan Nazari-Robati as Mortimer, and Sheridan McMichael as The Mute. Runnels’ Lyric credits include OKLAHOMA! (Ike Skidmore) and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT (Sir Belvedere); McMichael’s Lyric credits include BIG FISH, BILLY ELLIOT, and PAGEANT (Miss Great Plains). Nazari-Robati was seen on the national tour of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as Lumiere.

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