Arts and Entertainment

Coupeville thespians kick up their heels

Isaac Wacker as El Gallo, Andrew Kessler as Huckabee, Adam Curtin as Matt, Carrie Walker as Luisa, and Emily Chambers as Bellomy are part of the Fantasticks cast at Coupeville High School. The show opens Friday.  - Photo by Cassie Dell, Coupeville High School
Isaac Wacker as El Gallo, Andrew Kessler as Huckabee, Adam Curtin as Matt, Carrie Walker as Luisa, and Emily Chambers as Bellomy are part of the Fantasticks cast at Coupeville High School. The show opens Friday.
— image credit: Photo by Cassie Dell, Coupeville High School

The Coupeville High School drama program is thrilled to announce their production of their first musical, “The Fantasticks,” by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.

This much-loved piece is not only the world’s longest running musical, it is a significant part of American theatre history, and marks the Coupeville drama program’s first musical entailing singing and dancing.

“The Fantasticks” tells the story of a young man and the girl next door, whose parents have built a wall to keep them apart. The youngsters nevertheless contrive to meet and fall in love. Their parents, meanwhile, are congratulating themselves, for they have erected the wall and staged a feud in order to achieve, by negation, a marriage between their willfully disobedient children.

Using theatrical techniques from many parts of the world and many periods of history, the play urges the audience to use their imagination, to follow the narrator, El Gallo, as he creates a world of moonlight and magic, daylight and disillusion.

The drama program’s production features Isaac Wacker as El Gallo, Carrie Walker and Tauni Moody as Luisa, Adam Curtin as Matt, Andrew Kessler and Joelle Anthony as Huckabee, Emily Chambers and Kacee Bailey as Bellomy, Daniel Nelson as Henry, Zack Harris as Mortimer, and Carly Kessler as The Mute.

“In these tough economic times, we know that all of our wallets are little empty. We wouldn’t want you to miss a great opportunity to see these hard-working thespians on stage --- and this time singing and dancing!,” said Peg Tennant, drama advisor. “It will prove to be an entertaining evening - we promise!”

To ease that pressure a tad, a $1 per ticket discount for advance purchase is offered. Also, they’re selling tickets by the assigned seat this time -- another reason to buy early and get the seats you want on the date you want.

Tickets are now available in the high school / middle school main office. For more information, contact Brandy Kessler at bkessler@coupeville.k12.wa.us, or 678-4409.

Ticket prices are: $14 advance purchase, $15 day of show for adults and students without ASB cards; $11 advance purchase, $12 day of show for senior citizens (62 and above), students with ASB cards, and children

Show Dates are: Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m.; Friday, March 6, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m.

Shows are in the Performing Arts Center at Coupeville Middle/High School.

Contact Peg Tennant, ptennant@coupeville.k12.wa.us, or 678-4409, ext. 3035, for non-ticket questions only.

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