JTCC Theatre Students Bring The Fantasticks to the Stage for Their Spring Production
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Released on April 24, 2012
Back Row (left to right): Rachel Hindman, Jacob Lief, Sasha Wakefield
Middle Row (left to right): Rosie Robinson, Marcus Jamison, Tiffany Browder, Robert Fuhrman, Kiari Hicks, Nancy Kieper
Front Row (left to right): Jase Smith, Katherine Wright, Alleigh Scantling
Photo Courtesy: Jim Barklow Studios
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – The stage is set as John Tyler Community College’s (JTCC) theatre students bring their adaptation of The Fantasticks to life. The Fantasticks, with music by Harvey Schmidt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones, is one of the longest running Broadway musicals. It features two mothers, who want their children to fall in love with each other. In an effort to spark a love connection between Luisa, a daydreamer with an active imagination, and Matt, a romantic, the two moms decided to instigate a mock feud. But, even the best laid plans go awry. Along the way, both mothers and their children learn valuable lessons about love, life, and boundaries.
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, JTCC’s Theatre Workshop class, directed by Jase Smith, will hold three performances of The Fantasticks from May 4 – May 6, 2012 at the Nicholas Student Center on the College’s Chester Campus (13101 Jefferson Davis Highway). Performances on May 4 and May 5 will begin at 7:00 p.m. The May 6 performance will get underway at 3:00 p.m. Admission is free.
John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,522 students during the 2010-11 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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