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Press Release: Man of La Mancha

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Man of La Mancha
written by Dale Wasserman
music by Mitch Leigh lyrics by Joe Darion
original production staged by Albert Marre
originally produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James
Produced under special agreement with Tams-Witmark

DATES: March 1 and 2 at 7:30 PM               March 3 at 1:30 PM
WHERE: SHS Auditorium
TICKETS: $15 Adults and $10 for Students and Sr. Citizens 65+
TICKETS ARE RESERVED SEATING AND MAY BE PURCHASED ONLINE at

www.ticketsource.us/glshstheaterarts

OR AT THE DOOR ON THE NIGHT OF THE PERFORMANCE.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL TO ORDER TICKETS
Based on The Adventures of Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, Man of La Mancha is a
comic tragedy of mankind's struggle to better both himself and the world in which he lives. When
Cervantes started writing, he intended a satirical burlesque of the then fashionable novels of
chivalry; gradually the author's sympathies changed, and the novel developed into a deeper,
broader and more compassionate account of the adventures of an eccentric idealist in a hostile,
greedy and cynical world, which leads the reader to the conclusion that if Don Quixote is a fool,
it is because the world does not live up to his ideals. This feeling is perfectly reflected in this
beautiful musical version of the story. As with all the best allegorical tales, the oppressive mood
of the fight against eternal evil is heightened by the sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic
attempts of the hero to right all the wrongs of the world, and although his efforts at times seem
puny and pathetic, the audience is left in no doubt as to the purity of intent that he instills into his
self-imposed crusade*.
The story begins when Miguel de Cervantes, a failing playwright, poet and tax collector, has
been thrown into a dungeon in Seville to await trial by the Inquisition for an offense against the

Church. There he is dragged before a court of his fellow prisoners, who plan to confiscate his
few possessions—including the uncompleted manuscript of a novel, Don Quixote.
Cervantes, seeking to save the manuscript, proposes his defense in the form of a play.
Cervantes and his manservant don make-up and costumes, transforming themselves into Don
Quixote and Sancho Panza. They then play out the story with the prisoners taking the roles of
other characters.
As the knight-errant, Don Quixote battles windmills and defends an unwilling harlot named
Aldonza, also known as the fair maiden Dulcinea, in Quixote’s mind. Aldonza is jaded by the
harsh realities of her existence, but Quixote’s idealism and genuine kindness begin to transform
her, helping Aldonza to believe in a better way of life, perhaps even one where she can live “the
impossible dream.”**
* www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com
**Wikipedia

CAST
DON QUIXOTE – Tate McElhaney
ALDONZA – Anna Doelling
SANCHO – Drew Kaczmarkiewicz
GOVERNOR/INNKEEPER – Cameron Hayes
DUKE/DR. CARRASCO – Ben Takitch
ANTONIA – Cecilia Long
PADRE – Zac Carroll
HOUSEKEEPER – Gabby Takitch
BARBER – Zachary Buerger
PEDRO – Nate Clair
ANSELMO – Mikee Kershaw
TENORIO – Isaac Krom
JOSE – Matt Tomko
PACO – Chase Waleski
JUAN – Willie Simms
GUITARIST – Annie Duda
INNKEEPER'S WIFE – Keirsten Kennedy
FERMINA – Sofia Herr
CAPTAIN – Jake Buerger

ENSEMBLE
Annie Duda, Sofia Herr, Julia Huczko, Nina Modecki, Emily Mondock, Josie Rodell, Lily Slage,
Anna Soisson, Anna Steffey, Keeley Thomas, Logan Baughman-Stubbs, Evan Boyette, Zach
Buerger, Jake Buerger, Cece Daniele, Ricky Gaia, Jason Hruska, Ethan Kammerer, Naveed
Mitchell, Christian Wege, Sidney Batsa, Isabel Miller, Jillian Bowman, Angela Nolan, Breanna
Carini, Mya Ortiz, Morgan Chen, Neehla Pal, Tessa Paluzzi, Skyler Currie, Mia Paluzzi, Taylor
Pears, Madilyn Perleberg, Mya Favata, Katie Rhodes, Haleigh Fellers, Shelby Robertson, Amanda
Fritz, Sofia Serge, Nikki Fritz, Elena Sarp, Selena Gooden, Elaina Schrack, Emma Greathouse,

Hannah Shillingburg, Ariana Harr, Lauren Stanley, Lauren Herrington, Hailey Staschak, Alli
Himler, Autumn Stemmler, Abby Honse, Sarah Thomson, Nicole Kondrich, Paige Williams,
Sydney Laidacker, Aislinn Zimmerman, Sarah Maglosky, Brielle Zimmerman, Sydnee McCracken,
Brianna Holt

The cast of Greater Latrobe’s “Man of LaMancha” rehearsing for their upcoming show. (Photos courtesy of Allison Duda)


Elaina Schrack (Student Director), Logan Baughman-Stubbs, Grace Binkey, Kevin Chen, Asrat
Eyosias, Nikki Fritz, Christian Huey, Isaac Krom, Katie Miller, Sarah Mott, Tessa Paluzzi, Cole
Pfeifer, TJ Pfeifer, Lindsey Smith, Ian Starr, Josh Strecker, Tommy Welsh, Jess Ziance

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