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Main Season Production
NOW PLAYING: July 13-August 5, 2018

The Vortex regrets that the following performance is CANCELED:
  • The Fantasticks: August 4, 2018 2pm - Saturday
Please see the Reservations Page for alternate performances.
Unclaimed reservations are released for walk-up sales 10 minutes prior to curtain.

The Fantasticks
By Tom Jones (book, lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (Music)
Directed by Debi Kierst
Musical Direction by Lorri Oliver

Dates: July 13-August 5, 2018
Times: Fri-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm
Tickets: $25

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow.

Preview: July 12, 2018 19:30
Pay-What-You-Will: Sunday, July 15, 2018
Talkback: Sunday, July 22, 2018

With Walker Sikkens as Matt, Lorri Oliver as Bellomy, Sabina Lueras as Luisa, and featuring William R. Stafford as El Gallo (by special arrangement with Actors' Equity), the play tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. Others in the cast include Peter Parkin, James Cady, Peter Kierst and Dave McDowell.

About the Director
Kierst is the former chair of the theatre department at Sandia Prep, where she currently serves as Director of Special Academic Programs. She has directed numerous other productions at Sandia Prep and at the Vortex and Albuquerque Little Theatre, including Angels in America at ALT. She played Duchess Frederica in As You Like It for Shakespeare on the Plaza 2018 and Mary Stuart in Mary Stuart at the Vortex in February 2018.

“Bringing this wonderful musical to the Vortex has been a joy,” said Kierst. “The music is familiar to so many and the story is a truly charming romance – just the thing for a summer evening.”

About the Musical Director
Ms. Oliver is a teacher of voice, a costume designer, and an actress, last seen in Steel Magnolias at Albuquerque Little Theatre.