Love can remain a somewhat shallow thing until people have suffered a little. The fathers of two young lovers, Louisa and Matt, deliberately make things difficult for them in order to bring them closer together, and even arrange a mock abduction which allows the boy to rescue the girl from fake bandits (who are "ham" actors hired for the purpose) from the Spaniard, El Gallo, who is somewhat a personification of Destiny. When the lovers discover the whole thing was contrived, discontent sets in and they have to be really hurt before they can treasure one another.
The days in the calendar are color-coded:
|White||Plenty of seats were available|
|Yellow||A popular performance, but seats were available|
|Red||A very popular show, very few seats were available
Directed by Kathy Ludt, with musical direction by Len Rogach, the cast of The Fantasticks included
|El Gallo||Dave Ludt|
|The Mute||Anna Cometa|
Thanks to the Worcester Telegram for a review (subscription required) in the 25 June edition.