The Fantasticks book & lyrics by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt
University of Michigan-Flint | January 2018
directed by Stephanie Dean
scenic design by Lisa Borton
costume design by Shelby Newport
lighting design by Doug Mueller
The director and design team talked extensively about how to make this iconic musical our own, and the largest influences were looking at traveling troops of actors throughout time (hence the wagon and the traditionally playful nature of the stage directions,) as well as looking at "movie musical dream sequences that were extremely prevalent in the 1940s and 50s, not long ahead of when this musical was written. We wanted to utilize a more intimate seating layout, so the 3/4 thrust was the best solution.