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The World's Longest-Running Musical
September 2 – October 4
Directed by Ryan Gibbs
The Fantasticks features (center) TJ Lamando (Matt) and Julia Paladino (Luisa),
and Craig Treubert (Hucklebee), Andy Lebon (El Gallo) and Jeff March (Bellomy)

(Boiling Springs, PA) Allenberry Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director Ryan Gibbs, is proud to present a new production of the world's longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, a captivating romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall. Based on the tale Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand, The Fantasticks features music by Harvey Schmidt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones. The memorable score includes "Soon It's Gonna Rain," "They Were You," and the beloved hit, "Try to Remember."

The Fantasticks runs September 2 through October 4 on the Allenberry Mainstage, with an official opening on September 3 at 7:30pm.

The Fantasticks will be directed by Ryan Gibbs, choreographed by Elizabeth Angelozzi (A Diva to Die For, The Christmas Campaign). Andy Hudson is musical director.

The Fantasticks features TJ Lamando and Julia Paladino (both 2015 Wagner College Theatre graduates) as the young lovers Matt and Luisa. Andy Lebon (Allenberry's South Pacific; national tour of Oklahoma!) is El Gallo, the Narrator. Hucklebee, the Boy's Father is played by Craig Treubert (Allenberry: Damn Yankees; National Tour: The Drowsy Chaperone) and Jeff March (National Tour: Church Basement Ladies) plays Bellomy, the Girl's Father. Richert Easley (Broadway: Oh, Calcutta!) plays Henry, and Charles Baran (Off-Broadway: The Cradle Will Rock) plays Mortimer.

Allenberry is pleased to announce that Richert Easley, Allenberry's long time character man from 1978 to 2005 is returning after a 10 year absence. Allenberry fans will remember him from such hits as Pickering in My Fair Lady, The Modern Major General in The Pirates of Penzance and No, No, Nanette. Richert appeared in the final production that Allenberry produced under its original 56 season agreement with Actor's Equity Association. We are thrilled to have him back now that we once again have a full agreement with AEA.

The Fantasticks is designed by Darcy Bert (sets), Ryan Gibbs (lighting), Kurt Alger (costumes), and Adam Bates (sound). Tara Kelly is production stage manager.

"Once in a while a show comes under your nose that is completely driven by the charm of a journey. Our Fantasticks is going to be unlike any version you have seen," said Ryan Gibbs. "We are retelling the story in a bright way that will showcase all of the charm that has made the show stay in our hearts for over 50 years. Many other musicals show us what it's like to fall in love, only The Fantasticks makes us remember how to fall in love."

"Allenberry is proud to announce that the scenic production of The Fantasticks will go green by working with The Broadway Green Initiative, said Ryan Gibbs. The Fantasticks will be a sustainable fully produced set using a variety of recycled and sustainable materials sourced locally. Allenberry has begun to implement building practices and waste management in the scene shop. We're hoping audiences will be inspired to use their imagination, for example the shop we're using plastic bottles to create a garden of flowers, a life size tree made entirely from recycled plastics along with everyday objects to create interesting textures and environment on stage."

The Fantasticks original cast featured Jerry Orbach and Rita Gardner, opening Off-Broadway at the Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3, 1960. After 42 years, the production closed on January 13, 2002 after 17,162 performances. In 1992, The Fantasticks was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre. In 2007, the musical was revived in New York at the Jerry Orbach Theater and is still playing, with over 20,000 performances.

In addition to The Fantasticks, book writer and lyricist Tom Jones and composer Harvey Schmidt have created the musicals 110 in the Shade, I Do! I Do!, Celebration, Philemon, Mirette, Collette Collage, Grover's Corners, Roadside, and The Show Goes On.

The Fantasticks plays Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm, with matinees Tue., Wed., Thur. & Saturday at 1:00pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are $38, with special prices for students and children. Dinner/Theatre packages are $59 matinees, $63 evenings. For tickets call (717) 258-3211 or (800) 430-5468. The Allenberry Playhouse is located at 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007.


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SLEUTH, the Tony Award-winning comedy thriller
by Anthony Shaffer at ALLENBERRY PLAYHOUSE
October 7 thru October 31
Ryan B. Gibbs directs
(standing) Paul Carlin (Andrew Wyke) and Kevin Loreque (Milo Twindle) star in Allenberry Playhouse's SLEUTH, the Tony-winning comedy-thriller, October 7-31. Photo credit: Allenberry Playhouse

Another audience favorite, this world famous mystery returns to Allenberry. Anthony Shaffer's suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse is played out in a secluded English country house. Boiling Springs, PA – Allenberry Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director Ryan Gibbs presents Paul Carlin (Allenberry's Damn Yankees, Goodspeed Musicals Mame) and Kevin Loreque (National Tour Cats, National Tour I Am My Own Wife) in Anthony Shaffer's Tony Award-winning thriller Sleuth, from October 7-31.

Directed by Ryan B. Gibbs, Sleuth will have its press opening on Thursday, October 8 at 7:30pm.

What do you get when you take one eccentric detective novelist, add in his wife's lover, stir in a cocktail or two, blend in a team of intrepid investigators, top it off with a dangerous proposition and mix it all together in an English manor house? One of the most deviously clever thrillers ever concocted. Plots, counterplots, and double crosses are unleashed as rivals play out deadly games in a tangled web of intrigue. Popular mystery writer Andrew Wyke (Paul Carlin) lives in a world of plot twists and intricate strategies. In discovering his wife's lover, Milo (Kevin Loreque), Mr. Wyke devises a devious plan to humiliate him. But even the best laid plans can go astray when the police arrive and a new game begins — a game where rules don't apply and the stakes are life or death.

"Allenberry audiences will remember a 20-plus year tradition of offering popular thrillers and mysteries in the fall," said Gibbs. "Programming has shifted away from those titles in recent seasons, but by popular demand from our audiences, we are bringing one back this season with Sleuth. If you love a good thrill, if you love a good mystery, if you love a story with unmatched acting that you will be talking about for days- then Sleuth is a must see!

Allenberry's production design team for Sleuth includes Tabitha Pease (Scenic Design), Elizabeth Angelozzi (Costume Design), Ryan B. Gibbs (Lighting Design), Adam Bates (Sound Design). Tara Kelly is Production Stage Manager.

Anthony Shaffer is the author of Sleuth one of the greatest theatrical hits of all time in London, New York and throughout the world, winning the Tony Award as the Best Play of 1971. Other stage plays include This Savage Parade, Murderer, Widow's Weeds, and The Case of the Oily Levantine, which was presented in New York in 1982 under the title Whodunnit. In 1972 he wrote the screenplay for Forbush and the Penguins, which starred John Hurt and Hayley Mills and, in 1974, he turned Sleuth into a film which starred Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. Sleuth was remade in 2007 with Michael Caine (this time as Wyke) and Jude Law, with a script update by Harold Pinter. Shaffer also wrote the screenplay for the Alfred Hitchcock film, Frenzy. Other screenplays include The Wicker Man and Absolution, which starred Richard Burton, and three Agatha Christie adaptations: Death on the Nile, Evil Under the Sun and Appointment With Death with Peter Ustinov as 'Hercule Poirot.' Mr. Shaffer developed the storyline for the film Sommersby starring Jodie Foster and Richard Gere. Anthony's autobiography, So What Did You Expect?, was published by Picador in 2002. Anthony Shaffer died November 6, 2001.

Sleuth plays Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm, with matinees Tue., Wed., Thur. & Saturday at 1:00pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are $38, with special prices for students and children. Dinner/Theatre packages are $59 matinees, $63 evenings. For tickets call (717) 258-3211 or (800) 430-5468. The Allenberry Playhouse is located at 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007.

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