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Steampunk-inspired play to be performed at NPAC

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On March 26, 2014

Through the creative genius of Director Carl Beck, Costume Designer Georgiann Regan and Scenic Designer Jim Othuse, comes a steampunk-inspired adaptation of "The Fantastics," which promises to provide an unparalleled experience, whether you are revisiting this show, or seeing it for the first time.
The Fantasticks is the world's longest-running production of any kind. At the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers.
The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.
It is a moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love.
Of the steampunk concept, Beck said, "It's not an intrusive concept. It seems like the allegoric quality can blend with the fantasy, giving it a quasi-period feel and making for a stronger statement than The Fantasticks usually gets." He added that the story is not being re-written or changed in any way.
Outside of the costumes, set and props, this show is, in its entirety, the original.
Punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs such as "Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," audiences will find themselves humming along.
"It's classical simplicity. It's not a contemporary character tale. It's about a boy who is overly in love with a girl. Their fathers are trying to keep them together by pulling them apart," Beck said. "Steampunk seems to lend itself to this story by finding beauty among the broken pieces."
Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical Engine. Steampunk also refers to art, fashion and design that are informed by the aesthetics of Steampunk literature.
The Fantasticks will be performed at NPAC in historic downtown Greeneville, Tenn., on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30 for orchestra and mezzanine-level seating and $20 for balcony seats. Tickets may be purchased online at www.npacgreeneville.com, in person at the NPAC box office or by calling 423-638-1679.


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