NOTICE: EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.
“The Fantasticks”, a timeless tale embracing everything love has to offer, good and bad, shows at the Virginia Samford Theatre Mar.26-Apr.5 in Birmingham. Watch what happens when meddling fathers and one enigmatic narrator interfere with two teenagers attempting to navigate life. Get tickets now.
“The Fantasticks” is about finding true magic
Without love, what do we have? “The Fantasticks” explores all the feelings of falling in love through the lens of two teenagers—Matt and Luisa.
However magical it may seem at first, smokescreens block the truth of what lies beneath those feelings. El Gallo, the mysterious narrator, is there to pull the couple back into reality and show them that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”
“El Gallo sets Matt and Luisa up for experiences and adventures to open their eyes to the truth of the world, and what it means to find true ‘contentment.'”Carl Dean, who plays the role of El Gallo
Every age and person can relate to the show
Maybe you’re like Matt and Luisa—an adolescent falling in love for the first time. Or, you’re a parent thinking of how you hope the world is kind to your children. No matter your age, the show has elements you can relate to—mainly that life can’t be controlled.
“Hopefully what audiences can take away from the show is that you have to take life on its terms.
You can’t expect every moment to be filled with ‘magic,’ but if you open yourself up to all the experiences you go through, the positive and the negative ones, you will find that the true magic of life lies in the beauty of embracing the simple fact that life itself is a gift.”Carl Dean
Carl also mentions that finding love, family and a place to belong is ultimately the greatest adventure of them all. Find out what happens next—purchase tickets.
How Virginia Samford Theatre is keeping the longest-running American musical in theater history fresh
When you take a powerful story such as “The Fantasticks” there’s no need to fill in the background with unnecessary frills. The story itself is strong and poignant. All you need to do is sit back and listen.
“Everything moves at such a rapid fire pace these days, and everywhere we turn we are bombarded with the hyper excess of competing images.
What is fresh about ‘The Fantasticks‘ is that it strips those things away. It asks the audience to go on a journey in which they must use their imaginations and become part of the story being told.Carl Dean
By using your imagination and placing yourself in the situations placed on stage in front of you, you’ll find a deeper connection to the story. Maybe, you’ll even discover something about your own life.
Carl Dean uses personal experience for his role
Like any role, it’s impossible to embrace it properly without understanding it. Having been in Matt and Luisa’s place himself and now watching as his children take on the world, Carl’s lived through the show in real life. As a very active and well-known member of the theater community, Carl knows how important the themes in this show are.
Why he’s perfect for the role
To start, Carl has played the role before—about 25 years ago. However, in his opinion, he didn’t have enough life experience to really understand what El Gallo was attempting to show the young couple.
“At the time I was, in all honesty, far too young to fully grasp the gravity and truth of all El Gallo attempts to teach Matt and Luisa in the play.”Carl Dean
So over two decades later, what’s changed in Carl’s life to prepare him for the role? I can give you a not-so-simple one-word answer: life.
“I was compelled to return to the role now that I am 45 and have experienced far more of life, love, loss, and self examination of purpose, understanding, and the idea of finding contentment.
How have I prepared for the role? I have lived.”Carl Dean
Don’t miss the whimsical tale
- What: “The Fantasticks”
- When: March 26-April 5
- Time: Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30PM | Sundays at 2:30PM
- Where: Virginia Samford Theatre, 1116 26th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
“We don’t get much time these days for reflection, without very conscious effort.
This play reminds us that we must find ways to slow down and take in all that is around us to truly find what the world has in store, and to face those things with courage.”Carl Dean
Reflect with El Gallo as he tells us the story of Matt and Luisa finding their own identities and discovering their strengths as a couple in times of both darkness and light.