Arts & Entertainment

Valley Theater Company puts on 'The Fantasticks'

The parents of Luisa Hucklebee and Matt Bellamy want them to fall in love.

However, the parents know any interference from them will meet resistance from the kids. So, they decide to apply a little reverse psychology in hopes that will do the trick in bringing the two together.

Thus is the gist behind the delightful musical story, The Fantasticks, presented by the Valley Theater Company. It opens Feb. 13 at The Princess Theatre in downtown Prosser.

The parents fabricate a feud between the families then with the aid of the El Gallo, a shady proprietor of a traveling carnival, they stage a faux kidnapping of Luisa, which sends Matt in hot pursuit.

Art Klym portrays Mr. Bellamy and Amy Householder plays Mrs. Hucklebee. The kids are portrayed by Alivia Bierschbach and Chance Rush.

El Gallo, played by William Bradt, recruits the help of his friends Henry Albertson, an elderly Shakespearean actor, and his sidekick Mortimer. The cast also includes Leroy Bussert as Mortimer, Karen Pitman as The Mute and Bill Boge as Henry.

The musical, directed by Rick James, is packed with some very cool music, including Try to Remember and You Are Love.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the Princess Theatre box office, Sixth Street Gift & Art Gallery in Prosser, Sunnyside Daily News or Safeway store in Grandview.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;