NOVA Center for the Performing Arts -- Billings, Montana

The Fantasticks

The Fantastics 
Poster Design by Melanie Fabrizius

Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Based on Les Romanesques by Edmund Rostand
Directed by Gerry Roe

September 11-13*, 18-20*, 25-26, in the Roebling Theatre

El Gallo – Q Staton
Luisa – Lorraine Maddox
Matt – Dylan Petit
Hucklebee – Dan Struckman
Bellomy – Jim Patterson
Henry – Michael McCallum
Mortimer – Loren Hart
The Mute – Jordyn Armstrong

Congratulations to all!

The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world, and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

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”.

The famous score, which includes the classics Try To Remember, They Were You and Soon It’s Gonna Rain, is as timeless as the story itself.

Presented with permission by Music Theatre International (MTI).

Longtime Billings director Gerry Roe revisits ‘The Fantasticks’
By Jaci Webb
Photos by: Bob Zellar of the Billings Gazette
From left, Loren Hart, Lorraine Maddox, Jordyn Armstrong, Q Staton, Dylan Petit and Michael McCallum offer a taste of the action of “The Fantasticks” during a rehearsal for the musical at the NOVA Center.

Gerry Roe just can’t seem to shake “The Fantasticks.” And that’s a good thing. His first taste of the musical came in 1969, when he auditioned for the role of Bellomy in the Hollywood production, and ended up performing it six days a week for eight months.

Since that time, Roe has directed three other productions of the musical. When the curtains go up at the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts on Friday night for opening night, it will be the fourth version of the show that Roe has directed.

“The basic significance of this show evokes a deep-rooted truth in my personal life, ‘Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.’”
So Roe’s plans to take a recess from directing were shot down.

“After some deliberation, I decided that a chance to re-visit this old friend could not be shunned,” Roe said. “My only hope… that the lessons taught in this delightful musical will touch your lives as much as they have mine.”

The show includes the memorable score, featuring “Try To Remember,” “They Were You” and “It’s Gonna Rain.”


From left, Lorraine Maddox, Dylan Petit and Q Staton play a scene from the NOVA Center production of 'The Fantasticks."


NOVA Center actors Jim Patterson, left, and Dan Struckman work on moves during a rehearsal for “The Fantasticks.



From left, Q Staton, Jim Patterson, Loren Hart, Lorraine Maddox, Dylan Petit, Michael McCallum, Dan Struckman and Jordyn Armstrong are featured in NOVA's staging of 'The Fantasticks." The longtime musical favorite begins its run Friday night as part of the Reds, Whites & Brews fundraiser for the performing arts center on Montana Avenue

Photos by: Bob Zellar of the Billings Gazette

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NOVA Center for the Performing Arts  -  2317 Montana Avenue - Billings, MT 59101
PO Box 11
Billings, MT 59103
Phone: 406-591-9535