By Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh and Lyrics by Joe Darion
Directed by Greg Tamblyn
Musical Direction by Alan D. Lytle
April 29 - June 12, 2016
“The Impossible Dream,” one of the great songs of the American musical theatre, will lift the hearts of audiences with its message of courage and the search for truth as Lakewood Theatre Company concludes its 63rd season on Friday April 29, 2016 with the award-winning musical, Man of La Mancha. The production sponsor for Man of La Mancha are Bill & Barbara Warner & Dr. Fritz Camp.
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Performances continue through June 12, 2016 on the Headlee Mainstage at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM, two Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM (May 11 and May 25), Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (May 8, 22, 29, and June 5, 12) and Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM (May 1, 8, 15). For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or click here to order online.
The Story: Man of La Mancha, takes place in the late 16th Century in a prison deep beneath the streets of Seville. Into a group of rogues awaiting sentencing by the Spanish Inquisition for various crimes and misdemeanors, is thrown an itinerant poet, failed playwright, wounded soldier and unfortunate tax collector, Miguel de Cervantes (Leif Norby), and his trusted servant, Sancho Panza (Joey Cote). To avoid immediate sentencing before a kangaroo court by his fellow prisoners -- and to save his latest manuscript from being thrown into a fire -- Cervantes proposes he present his defense in the form of a charade to illustrate the adventures of a most famous and legendary hero.
While Sancho sets the stage using items from a prop trunk and items strewn about the prison, Cervantes transforms himself before our eyes into a country squire known as Alonso Quijana -- a man so enamored of ancient stories of chivalry and derring-do that he sheds his cloak of sanity and dons a suit of armor to become “a dauntless knight known as Don Quixote de La Mancha!” He coaxes his fellow prisoners into playing the roles of an innkeeper (Stacey Murdock) and his wife (Susan Overcast), a kindly country priest, the mock trial’s prosector (Ron Harman), a cynic called, “The Duke” (Corey Brunish) and a slatternly kitchen wench named Aldonza (Pam Mahon), whom Quixote imagines to be the “fair virgin” Dulcinea – symbol of goodness and purity.
Featured players include Dan Bahr as the Barber, Malia Tippets as Antonia, Joe Theissen as Pedro, and Sam Mowry as the voice of the Captain. Other members of the ensemble include Ryan Monaghan, Bruce Lawson, William Shindler, Jeremy Southard, Jeremy Garkinkel and Larry James Taylor.
Please note: Man of La Mancha plays without intermission. Some subject matter may not be suitable for some pre-teen audiences.
Stage Direction for LTC's production of Man of La Mancha is by Greg Tamblyn and musical direction is by Alan D. Lytle. The stage design is by Glenn Gauer, lighting design is by Kurt Herman, properties are by Heather Taylor and Jennifer Summering, costume design is by Margaret Louise Chapman, the stage manager is Kendra Comerford and the assistant stage manager is Heather Taylor. Sound design is by Marcus Storey and the producers are Kay Vega and Steve Knox.
Performance schedule: Opening Friday, April 29 and continuing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM, two Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM (May 11 and May 25), Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (May 8, 22, 29, and June 5, 12) and Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM (May 1, 8, 15).
Ticket prices: $37/adults and $35/seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups. For tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Purchase Tickets.
Special WOW performance (Wine on Wednesday) - May 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM with tickets at $25 for ages 35 and under!
One hour prior to performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting hosted by World Class Wines. Come enjoy Wine on Wednesday (WOW) paired with a show at a discounted price.