Opening of The Fantasticks at Festival 56

"IT'S THE DAY OF THE SHOW, Y'ALL."

This past weekend has been a hell of a ride. A lot of rehearsals, a lot of long nights, early mornings, and finally - an opening night weekend for one of my absolute favorite shows: The Fantasticks.

Shows are created by lots of individuals, and due to the requirements of being an actor I'm not necessarily aware of all the factors that go into a show. This weekend I finally feel like I have an idea of what kind of community it takes to truly put on a show, and it's amazing to see how invested all of these people become in a production.

For The Fantasticks at Festival 56, it has become truly a heartfelt adventure. I adore this story and I truly believe it has the power to move people from all walks of life. It's universal and timeless. It's a masterpiece. And when you perform a show like this, you feel like you're a part of something bigger than yourself.

I've loved walking and talking in the diverse and transformative skin of El Gallo. Narrator, magician, showman, salesman, poet, romantic, bandit. But, most of all, a loving and understanding teacher who does what is necessary to help us all grow - casting off his own real desires in the process. These past 4 performances have given me just a taste, I'm so excited for the 5 coming up next week and the production I'll be performing in Connecticut later in the summer.

Until Next Time,

Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Your Absolute Best Doing It.

Kasey (Ol') Yeargain