Still Time to Catch The Fantasticks Co-Produced by Local Woman ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Still Time to Catch The Fantasticks Co-Produced by Local Woman

This summer, an on-stage musical romance will express the real-life passions of a husband and wife theatre team. Infinity Theatre Company introduces a professional New York City cast to Annapolis to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the longest-running musical in the world, The Fantasticks.

The Fantasticks is a simple yet magical musical about the lost innocence and enduring love between Matt and Luisa, echoing the true adventures of Infinity Theatre Company's founders, Anna Roberts Ostroff and Alan Ostroff. It is befitting that Anna and Alan are not only producing the musical, but also playing the roles of Matt and Luisa.Early in their careers, Anna and Alan's passion for performing led them to theater jobs all over the country. For a couple, acting in more than one or two plays together is uncommon, but Anna and Alan kept getting hired together by different theatres over the course of four years. It was as if fate was re-uniting them for additional productions.

After performing in shows all over the country, the couple developed their skills as producers, directors, and writers in New York City. Alan wrote and produced his first play, Tradition, and also starred in it with Anna. The Jewish backstage comedy was one of the top-grossing plays at the 2006 NYC International Fringe Festival. In their biggest triumph of all, Anna and Alan married in 2008, in Anna's hometown, Annapolis, MD.
"Performing in shows together was a great way to start our relationship," says Alan.

Although, the relationship might not have appeared meant-to-be to an outsider. Anna and Alan come from different religious and cultural backgrounds, have very different personalities, and when they first met, were surprised to be so drawn to one another.

Similarly, in The Fantasticks, there are many obstacles for Matt and Luisa to face: their fathers build a wall between their neighboring houses to keep the young lovers apart, and hire a band of actors to abduct Luisa away from Matt.

The fathers are actually trying to trick them into falling in love, knowing that the only way to get children to do something is to tell them, "No." Later, Matt and Luisa go on journeys of self-discovery and life lessons that they must brave before ending back in each other's arms.

Anna and Alan show in their performances as the young couple that love knows no bounds - on-stage and off-stage.

The producers now bring the Broadway and off-Broadway experience to the local production of The Fantasticks in Annapolis.

Performances are scheduled for:

Children's Theatre of Annapolis
1661 Bay Head Road
Annapolis, MD 21409

August 7 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
August 8 at 2:00pm
Reserved seating $30
Preferred seating $35
Seniors 65 or older $25
Groups of 10 or more $25
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