Carnival music greeted First Nighters as they stepped onto the “midway” for the final Cast Party of the season.
The curtain had fallen on The Fantasticks (to a standing ovation) and the onstage carnival had closed down. Now it was re-opened on Ela’s Terrace—brighter and more colorful than ever, with red and white flags waving in the breeze, balloon centerpieces overflowing with taffy and whirly lollipops, hot dog and pop corn stands and, of course, a strolling magician.
Party-goers cheered* the cast and thanked the underwriters as they sipped cotton candy martinis and nibbled sliders, fries and mac & cheese bites provided by Anders Catering. The jovial mood continued through the evening and into the next week as reviews appeared, echoing the audience praise:
“Astonishing!” –Los Angeles Times
“Ingenius!” –Orange County Register
“Magical!” –Huffington Post
*By the way, our Honorary Producers, Joan & Andy Fimiano and Bill & Carolyn Klein, were the first to cheer:
"Delightful, exciting or in a word...'Fantastic!'" – Joan and Andy
"Very creative, blending the SCR stage with original performance!" – Bill and Carolyn
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