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Coming soon to Firehouse: 'The Fantasticks'

Tri-Valley Rep presenting delightful romantic tale in Pleasanton from Nov. 2-17

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A girl who dreams big, the boy next door, and two fathers who pretend to feud in an effort to trick them into falling in love. Throw in memorable songs such as "Try to Remember" and it is nothing less than fantastic.

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is presenting "The Fantasticks" at the Firehouse Arts Center from Nov. 2-17.

The world of parenting is explored with memorable songs such as "Plant a Radish"

Plant a radish.

Get a radish.

Never any doubt.

That's why I love vegetables;

You know what you're about!

And "Never Say No"

Why did the kids put beans in their ears?

No one can hear with beans in their ears.

After a while the reason appears.

They did it 'cause we said no.

As the fathers plot, narrator El Gallo asks audience members to engage their imaginations and follow him into a world of moonlight, magic -- and love. "The Fantasticks," which opened in 1960, is the longest running musical in the world with a love story that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

The Tri-Valley Rep show is produced by Kathleen Breedveld and directed by Lexie Lazear, with musical director Sierra Dee-Rankin and choreographer Erin Carrino. It stars Brenna Sammon and Matt Skinner as the girl and boy, and G. Scott Phillips and Jim Rupp as their fathers. Joshua Gonzales is El Gallo.

Show dates are set for Nov. 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $19-$41. Go to www.firehousearts.org, call 931-4848, or purchase at the theater box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.

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