Covenant College Theatre Department Presents: Man of La Mancha, A Musical Retelling Of The Classic: Don Quixote

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Covenant College will be presenting Man of La Mancha, musical that includes the well-known song “The Impossible Dream,” from Nov. 9-18. This is the first musical presented by the college in several years. “It was time to start doing musicals again, if for no other reason than to give some incredibly talented students a chance to do a musical before they graduate,” said director Claire Slavovsky. 
 
A loose adaptation of the well-known Spanish novel, Don Quixote by Cervantes, the musical employs a play within a play where the prisoner Cervantes must defend himself from his fellow inmates while awaiting the Spanish Inquisition. His defense takes the form of a theatrical presentation of the story of Alonso Quijana who has gone mad, “laying down the melancholy burden of sanity…” He transforms himself into Don Quixote, knight errant and goes on misadventures with his trusty servant Sancho Panza. However misbegotten his plans are, Don Quixote in his well meant delusions seems to engage the hearts and fancies of those around him, including the beaten down Aldonza, whom he mistakenly adores as the lady, Dulcinea. Through Cervantes’ obstinate desire to see beauty and wonder in the mundane and rotten, Don Quixote raises the question of whether it is madness to “seek treasure where there is only trash. …” and if “too much sanity may be madness.”   

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, plays in Covenant College’s Sanderson Auditorium Nov. 9-11 and 17 at 8 p.m. as well as Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. with $10 tickets for adults and $7 for seniors, students and staff. To reserve tickets or ask any questions, call the box office at 706-419-1051 or email at boxoffice@covenant.edu. This show does contain brief depictions of violence against women and may not be suitable for all audiences, officials said. 
 



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