Auditions for the upcoming production of The Fantasticks will be held on Tuesday, January 21st and Thursday, January 23rd at 7pm as well as Saturday, January 25th at 11am at the Garfield Center for the Arts. The well-loved, timeless musical by Tom Jones, book and lyrics, and Harvey Schmidt, music will be brought to life on the Garfield stage by director Jennifer Kafka Smith.

The Fantasticks originally appeared as a one-act musical at Barnard College in 1959. The fully developed two-act version began its off-Broadway run in May 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse, where it ran for a record-breaking 42 years until January 2002. The Fantasticks is the only off-Broadway show to receive a Tony Award honor for Excellence in Theater.  On August 23, 2006, a revival of The Fantasticks opened at the off-Broadway The Theater Center, New York City where it closed on June 4, 2017 after an additional run of 4,390 performances. The Garfield production will be based on the 2006 revival production of The Fantasticks.

To audition, come prepared to sing 16 bars of a song from a musical and to read from provided scripts. Please bring sheet music for the accompanist (you may also use your own copy of the music or lyrics as you sing, if necessary).

Some character casting will strongly emphasize acting above singing ability, and one character, the Mute, does not sing or speak at all and will be cast based on unspoken expressiveness, interaction and movement.  A simple dance audition will be included, please wear shoes that will enable you to move. Bare feet will not be permitted.

Callbacks are possible and will be arranged by personal invitation.If you are unable to attend auditions, other arrangements can be made by emailing the director, Jennifer Kafka Smith, at prior to January 15th. Such arrangements are only offered in advance of the scheduled audition dates and are not guaranteed.

Detailed character descriptions and some additional information is available online at

This production of The Fantasticks is sponsored in part by Chesapeake Bank & Trust and Andrew and Leslie Price. If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring a Garfield production please contact Meghan Ferster at or 410-810-2060.

The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in the Arts & Entertainment  District of historic Chestertown, Maryland. Our mission is to invigorate the cultural life of our community by nurturing, celebrating and supporting arts and artists through performance and education.

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