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Works of art defining the contemporary age in WNC. Cover: ‘Downtown,’ 24x24, by Mark Bettis

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More of what Makes Asheville Special: Dining • Shopping • Galleries • Music • Fun D o w n t o w n A s h e v i l l e The longest-running musical in history, ‘The Fantasticks,’ comes to ACT this February BY STAFF REPORTS • DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE 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 lovers 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 story is punctuated by a series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics. The Fantasticks is directed by Mark Jones with music direction by Rob Blackwell and choreography by Jessica Garland Lowe. The current production at Asheville Community Theatre stars a cast of ‘The Fantasticks’ photo by Studio Misha 13 actors from across Buncombe County. Emma-Leigh Brookshire, a senior at TC Roberson High School plays Luisa, opposite Alex Daly as Matt. Dillon Giles of Asheville stars as El Gallo. Stan Reeley of Mars Hill and Brian Weber of Weaverville are both making their ACT debuts as the fathers of Luisa and Matt. The Fantasticks holds the title as the longest-running musical in history. It ran for more than 42 years in New York, for a total of 17,162 performances. Jones has discovered that people are eager to see this beloved show, whether they’ve seen it before or not. Asheville Community Theatre The Fantasticks opens on the Mainstage February 7 and runs through March 1 with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Two additional performances are scheduled for Thursday nights February 20 and February 27 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available online at, over the phone at (828) 254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office. IF YOU GO 16 |RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | VOL. 23, NO. 6 — FEBRUARY 2020

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