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The Fantasticks
Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt

July 20–Aug 5
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8:00 pm
Sunday @ 3:00 pm
Tickets: $15    

Directed by Rebecca Gomez
Music direction by Barry Wallace


"Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: 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.

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."

Click here to read a Preview in the Knoxville News-Sentinel!


  • The Narrator (El Gallo): Frank Rosamond Sr
  • The Girl (Luisa): Brookie Smothers
  • The Boy (Matt): Frank Rosamond Jr
  • The Boy's Mother (Hucklebee): Kara Van Veghel
  • The Girl's Father (Bellamy): Doug James
  • The Old Actor (Henry): Bill Howard
  • The Man Who Dies (Mortimer): Casey Cain
  • The Mute: Jackson Burnette

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TKD has been at 319 North Gay St. since 2005, where seating is limited to 50 or less, depending on set design.

We've outgrown our space and it's time to move!

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Next Up ...

2018-2019 Season

Jul 20-Aug 5 The Fantasticks
Music by Harvey Schmidt, Lyrics by Tom Jones
Aug 31-Sep 16 Four Old Broads
by Leslie Kimbell
Oct 12-28 Wait Until Dark
by Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffery Hatcher
Nov 23-Dec 9 Every Christmas Story Ever Told
by Alvarez, Carleton, and FitzGerald
Jan 4-20 On Golden Pond
by Ernest Thompson
Feb 15-Mar 3 One Slight Hitch
by Lewis Black
March 2019
New Play Festival
Tennessee Stage Company
Apr 19-May 5 Jerome Bixby's
The Man From Earth
May 31-Jun 16 45 Seconds From Broadway
by Neil Simon


Four Old Broads
by Leslie Kimbell
Aug 31–Sep 16, 2018

Directed by Joe Johnson

Retired Burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation - and NOT another trip up to Helen, GA to see that "precious little German village for the umpteenth time." A Sassy Seniors Cruise through the Caribbean may be just the ticket if she can convince her best friend Eaddy Mae Clayton to stop praying and go with her.

Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones began working there. Newest resident Imogene Fletcher is suddenly losing her memory. Maude Jenkins is obsessed with her favorite soap opera and planning her own funeral. Sam Smith, retired Elvis impersonator, keeps trying to bed every woman in the building. A mystery unfolds with laughter as the gals try to outsmart evil nurse Pat Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to "the dark side", what exactly IS that mysterious pill and what happened to Doctor Head? Hilarity ensues as Imogene goes undercover and Maude enters the Miss Magnolia Senior Citizen pageant to throw Pat off their trail.

If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all!

First presented in a public reading as part of the Tennessee Stage Company's New Play Festival, Knoxville, 2015

Audience Choice Winner - New Play Festival, Theatre Victoria - Victoria, Texas, 2017
First Place Winner - New Play Festival, Centre Stage Greenville, 2016


Patron Testimonial

"We absolutely LOVED the show ... it was a delight, perfectly cast, costumed so well that additional sets were not needed, could have been an off Broadway production right here in K-ville. When I was in NYC in Dec., I saw 3 off Broadway shows which made me appreciate TKD even more ... including the venue! When I tell people that TKD is as good as NYC, I know what I am talking about!"
- L. Denton, Knoxville

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