The Fantasticks

May 2017

May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27
Fri/Sat @ 8:15pm | Sun @ 2:00pm

Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Book by Tom Jones
Directed by Eric S. Scerbo
Music Direction by Stuart Y. Weich
Based on Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand

The Fantasticks tells an allegorical story concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the supposed feud. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world, seen in parallel fantasy sequences. They return to each other bruised but enlightened, and they renew their vows with more maturity.

Kensington Town Hall / Armory
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895

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hansHans Dettmar (Narrator/El Gallo) is excited to be making his debut at KAT. Last year he was seen as Cervantes/Don Quixote in TAP’s production of Man of La Mancha and at LTA in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Other Theater includes: A Little Night Music (TAP), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (TAP), The Seagull (TAP), Circle Mirror Transformation (CCP), Serenading Louie (ACT), Stalag 17 (ACT), The Trip to Bountiful (RCP), The History Boys (ESP), The Elephant Man (CCTw2F), The Underpants (CCT), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SMP), 1776 (LTA), South Pacific (SP) and The Music Man (SP). As always, thanks to his best friend, Marianne.
mikeMike Katz (Henry) is pleased to be in his first KAT production and his fifth association with productions of The Fantasticks. Recent appearances in Montgomery County include roles in Frost/Nixon with Silver Spring Stage and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Rockville Little Theatre.
Luis "Matty" Montes (Matt) is proud to make his debut with Kensington Arts Theatre. He was recently seen as Adam in Children of Eden at Arena Stage, Cain/Japheth in the same show at Olney’s Historic Theater, and as Danny Zuko in Grease at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. He is very excited to work with such a talented cast and such a professional artistic staff.
Ali Oliver-Krueger (Bellomy) is delighted to join KAT for the first time with The Fantasticks, a play that brings back memories; her first lead role was as Luisa in a production of The Fantasticks some [redacted] years ago. Oddly, this is not the first or even the second time that Ali is playing a role written for a man, and she’s not entirely sure what that means. Ali is the luckiest--she gets to spend her days doing what she loves, making theatre for kids and families as the Executive/Artistic Director of InterAct Story Theatre ( and traveling around the world teaching. Her husband’s pretty OK, too. Also, Ali likes puns.
peterPete Oliver-Krueger (Hucklebee) is excited to join his first KAT production, with mixed feelings about playing a dad for the first time—always a sensitive time in a tenor’s life. He’s thrilled to be performing with his wife, Ali, with whom he also designs sets and puppets for the traveling productions of InterAct Story Theatre, a nonprofit arts education organization in Wheaton. While it’s been a while, Pete has worked with many local theatres, including RMT, VLOC, St Marks, Springfield, Mt Vernon, Tantallon, Cedar Lane, and more. Pete is also a director, and his production of Into the Woods at RMT earned the Ruby Griffith Award and 13 WATCH nominations.
Leah Packer (The Mute) 
jackJack P. Wassell (Mortimer) is very excited to be doing this wonderful show again, and with such a talented cast and crew that has accepted him! Favorite previous roles include Joe Kellor in All my Sons, Roy Hubley in Plaza Suite, Mr. Janson in Love, Sex, and the IRS, and Socrates in Socrates the Lover. Thank you to everyone that has supported him and also to his wonderful wife, Barbara!
rachelRachel Weisenthal (Luisa) is thrilled to be in her first KAT production. Her most recent productions include La Cage Aux Folles (Anne), Love and Kisses (Rosemary), and Fiddler on the Roof (Chava). Rachel intends to study musical theater in college next year and will hopefully have committed to a school by the time you read this. She would like to thank her parents, friends and voice teacher Dorothy Miller for their love and support.