VERO BEACH - Live performances return to Indian River Charter High School when the musical theater program presents “The Fantasticks” April 6-8.

The show will be presented outdoors in The Charter Dome at IRCHS, in a socially-distanced configuration with pod-based seating.

“The Fantasticks” is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones (the American writer, not the Welsh singer.) The show is the world’s longest running musical, having run 42 years off-Broadway until 2002, and then again from 2006-2017.

The musical is based on an 1894 play The Romancers by Edmond Rostand, while also borrowing heavily from Romeo and Juliet.

The story, set in an unidentified American town, involves two neighbors who want their children, Matt and Luisa, to fall in love. They decide to pretend to feud, under the theory that the two children would be most likely to fall in love if they think their fathers don’t want it to happen.

The fathers conclude that the easiest way to manipulate children to do something is to tell them not to do it. That is the point of one of the hit songs from the show, “Never say No.”

Other memorable songs from the production include "Try to Remember," "Much More," and "Soon It's Gonna Rain."

Concessions will be available for purchase.

Tickets are available at www.irchs.org. Four-person pods start at $60 (i.e. $15 per ticket) and go as high as $240 ($60 per ticket). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the performances begin at 8 p.m.

A record of purchased tickets will be at the box office, so attendees do not have to have the actual paper ticket. All unclaimed tickets will be sold at the start of each production.

The Charter Dome at Indian River Charter High School is located at 6055 College Lane, Vero Beach.

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