1986 - 1987
Man of La Mancha
At the end of the 16th century, in a bleak dungeon, the imprisoned playwright Miguel de Cervantes is awaiting trial by the dreaded Spanish Inquisition. First he must face a court of fellow prisoners anxious to relieve him of his few possessions – including a precious unfinished manuscript. In order to save himself, Cervantes proposes a trial in which he will prove the merit of the manuscript through a re-enactment, enlisting his fellow prisoners as characters in his play. Together they tell the story of the aged Alonso Quijano, who believes himself to be a knight errant named Don Quixote on a quest to attain an impossible dream. Against all odds, Quixote and his trusty squire Sancho Panza embark on a chivalrous journey to seek out the good and innocent in a world filled with darkness. Through the story all the prisoners– at least for a moment – are transformed. The mad Don Quixote may think a windmill to be a giant and a tavern to be a castle, but along the way he also transforms a wretched woman into a beautiful lady – and proves that an old man’s belief can truly make him a hero.
Dramatic Director: Barry Bielby
Musical Director: Drummond Hudson
Choreographer: Roberta Sametz