‘The Fantasticks’ Will Come to Cultural Center

At the Southampton Cultural Center

The Southampton Cultural Center will take a different approach to theater with its presentation of “The Fantasticks,” which will open next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and continue for three weekends.

The 1960 musical, with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones, tells an allegorical story of two fathers who, knowing that children will always do what their parents forbid, erect a wall between their houses to ensure their children fall in love. The longest-running musical in history, with more than 17,000 performances before closing in 2002, the play draws elements from “Pyramus and Thisbe,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Michael Disher will direct and choreograph with David Hoffman. The cast includes Daniel Becker, Adam Fronc, Ella Watts, Frances Sherman, Richard Adler, Philip Reichert, Stephan Scheck, and Mr. Hoffman. Dustin Schepps and Thomas Wheeler are also featured.

Thursday performances will be at 7:30, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, and Sunday matinees will take place at 2:30. Tickets are $25, $12 for students, and can be purchased at the center’s website.