Past Production
Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha
Book by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth
Musical Direction by Mike Walker

Choreographed by Drew Fitzsimmons

Produced by Gail Bernardi and Margie Bates
March 11 – April 16, 2016

Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and his seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, the 1966 multiple Tony Award winning musical Man of La Mancha tells the story of the “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes, his manservant, and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Cervantes takes out a makeup kit from his trunk and in a few short moments, transforms himself into Alonso Quijana, an old gentleman who has read so many books on chivalry and thought so much about injustice that he has lost his mind and now believes he should go forth as a knight-errant, renaming himself Don Quixote de La Mancha and setting out to find adventures with his “squire” Sancho Panza. Quixote attempts to avoid his mortal enemy, the Enchanter, and woo the serving wench and prostitute, Aldonza, who he takes to be the lady Dulcinea. The musical continues to play in many countries around the world with its principal song, “The Impossible Dream” a much-loved standard.

Character

CAST

Played by
Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote ············ Ben Lupejkis
Captain of the Inquisition ············ Drew Fitzsimmons
Manservant/Sancho Panza ············ Bradley Miller
Governor/Innkeeper ············ Martin Feldman
The Duke/Dr. Sanson Carrasco ············ Daniel Kruger
Aldonza ············ Rachel Mann
Juan ············ Nick Bradfield
Jose ············ Slater Ross
Anselmo ············ Samuel Goldman
Pedro ············ Joel D. Castro
Maria ············ Judy Rosenfeld
Antonia ············ Kelsey Nisbett
Padre ············ Peter Miller
Housekeeper ············ Susan Stangl
Barber ············ Terry Delegeane
Fermina ············ Tessa Byford
Moorish Dancer ············ Kira Sherman

CAST PICTURES

Don Quixote encourages Sancho and Aldonza to follow their own “Impossible Dream.”
Bradley Miller (Sancho Panza), Ben Lupejkis (Don Quixote), and Rachel Mann (Aldonza) star in the Kentwood Players production of Man of La Mancha.
Sancho and Don Quixote begin a new adventure.
Don Quixote meets his “Dulcinea.”
Sancho and Aldonza fear for Don Quixote as he battles a windmill.
Antonia, the Padre, and Housekeeper sing “I’m Only Thinking of Him.”
Antonia, the Housekeeper, Dr. Carrasco and the Padre disagree as to the best way to handle the problem of the Knight.
Sancho announces the arrival of the Knight Errant Don Quixote De La Mancha.
Sancho delivers a missive to Aldonza from Don Quixote De La Mancha.
Dr. Carrasco seeks advice from the Padre.
The cast of Man of La Mancha
Ben Lupejkis stars as Don Quixote de La Mancha in Kentwood Players’ production of Man of La Mancha
Sancho and Don Quixote plan their next adventure.
The Muleteers tease Aldonza for being mistaken as Don Quixote’s lady “Dulcinea.”
The Muleteers steal and read Aldonza’s missive from Don Quixote.
Don Quixote claims the barber’s “Golden Helmet of Mambrino” as his own.
The Housekeeper, Padre, and Antonia sing about their woeful situation.
The Governor puts Cervantes on trial before the other prisoners prior to the Inquisition having its chance to condemn him.
Don Quixote and Sancho arrive at an Inn, and their next adventure begins!
When he first sees Aldonza, Don Quixote believes she is his lady “Dulcinea.”
Photos by Shari Barrett

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