‘The Fantasticks’ to run at Clear Space Oct. 20-29

October 11, 2017

Clear Space Theatre will present "The Fantasticks" Friday, Oct. 20, to Sunday, Oct. 29. "Try to remember," croons El Gallo (Jacob Waldron), the show's narrator.

Two fathers, Hucklebee and Bellomy (Max Dick) contrive to ignite a romance between their children, then watch until their elaborate plot is discovered and the children - predictably - revolt.

Waldron said, "The unique style of this show is perfect for our space! Even better, the poetic writing and its use of classic theatre tropes creates a performance that feels classic without feeling dated. It's a very entertaining show that also has something deeper to say. I'm ecstatic to be doing this show for the first time - it's one of my favorite styles to perform!"

Dick said, "This show has such a simple but universal theme. It's all actor-driven, without flashy sets, costumes or many props. And the music is so beautiful, lyrical and complex. I've acted in or directed about 50 shows over the years, but this one had till now escaped me. I'm so glad to have the opportunity to do this classic show!"

Both actors agree their respective roles are both fun and challenging. Dick said, "The fathers in this show are somewhat comical roles - I want to be funny, but not unbelievable. Bellomy needs to be real, not a characterization." 

Waldron said, "To be successful, El Gallo must be simply played, allowing the writing to do the work. It's tempting to be too clever with the role - to try to add something disingenuous for comedic effect or to be more dramatic. I need to avoid those pitfalls!"

Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinee performances are at 3 p.m.. There also is one Thursday performance, at 11 a.m., Oct. 26. Tickets for all shows are $17-$32. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call 302-227-2270.