SMCP presents The Impossible Dream Musical, Man Of La Mancha

Celebrating its 44th season at the historic Town Hall Theatre, the award-winning St. Marys Community Players, presents the Tony award-winning musical Man of La Mancha from October 26 to November 5.

Lanny Hoare as Cervantes/Don Quixote and Andrew Hodges as Duke/Pedro/Dr. Carrasco.
Lanny Hoare as Cervantes/Don Quixote and Andrew Hodges as Duke/Pedro/Dr. Carrasco.

The show is directed by Mark Mooney with musical direction by Gord Hardcastle. The creative design team include Production Designer Reed Needles (set, properties), Costume Designer Becky Lenko, Lighting Co-designers Gary Austin and Michael Kay, and Sound Design by Michael Kay.

Inspired by Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century masterpiece “Don Quixote”, Man of La Mancha tells a story rich in chivalry, romance, idealism, tilting at windmills and dreaming “The Impossible Dream”. Facing a mock trial by his fellow prisoners as he awaits his actual trial before the Spanish Inquisition, Cervantes stages as his defence the adventures of the knight-errant Don Quixote and his loyal sidekick, Sancho Panza.

“Man of La Mancha was written in the 1960s when so many looked out at their world and saw hatred, bigotry, intolerance and fear. They dared hope that life could be different and better; and they listened to those leaders who gave them hope. That hope continues today – not to see life as it is but as it should be”, says Mark Mooney, Director.

Lanny Hoare (SMCP Emcee Cabaret, Leading Ladies) portrays Cervantes/Don Quixote, Chloe Weir (Fraulein Kost in Cabaret, SMCP) as Aldonza/Dulcinea, Joel Dell as Sancho and Andrew Hodges as Duke/Pedro/Dr. Carrasco (Kit Kat Klub Boy in Cabaret, SMCP). The cast features Melissa Metler (Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Miss Stacey in Anne of Green Gables, SMCP), David James (Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Martin Vanderhof in You Can’t Take It With You, SMCP), Ann Jackson (Kit Kat Klub Girl/Gorilla in Cabaret, SMCP), Charlene Van Veen (Gwendolen Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest, SMCP), Maria Hardcastle, Marie Stevens, Rachel Strathdee, Christin Bossenberry, Linda Harris, Dave Ryde, Becky Lenko, John Stevens and David Cullen.

Lanny Hoare as Cervantes/Don Quixote and Chloe Weir as Aldonza/Dulcinea
Lanny Hoare as Cervantes/Don Quixote and Chloe Weir as Aldonza/Dulcinea

“The music in any good musical needs to capture the themes, the emotions, and the conflicts of the play – and the Man of La Mancha score does this superbly. The music and the lyrics are at times very intense and at other times sweet and gentle. From the persistent bolero “Impossible Dream” to Aldonza’s uneasy “What Does He Want of Me” to the bubbly “Barber’s Song”, this a show packed with great songs”, explains music director Gord Hardcastle.

Man of La Mancha may have more drama to it but it still has plenty of comedy and a feel-good score that makes you want to stand up and sing. The set is an interesting challenge as well and our team has successfully transformed our stage with some surprises to give our audiences even more.

Man of La Mancha is on stage at the St. Marys Town Hall Theatre with a preview performance Thursday, October 26th and opens Friday, October 27th for a limited time only. Show dates also include Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th both 2 pm matinees. Wednesday, November 1st, Thursday, November 2nd, Friday, November 3rd, and Saturday, November 4th all 8 pm performances. The closing show on Sunday, November 5th is a 2 pm matinee.

Tickets for Man of La Mancha are $22 for all performances except for the preview on Thursday, October 28th with tickets at $17 each, and can be purchased online at www.stmaryscommunityplayers.ca or by calling 519-284-4826 or by visiting our box office at SunRayz, 113 Queen Street East, St. Marys during business hours. Visa, MasterCard, debit are accepted.

St. Marys Community Players (SMCP) is a not-for-profit community theatre group established in 1974 which has developed into one of the premier amateur theatres in Southwestern Ontario.

For more information on Man of La Mancha or St. Marys Community Players please contact:

Chloe Weir as Aldonza/Dulcinea, Lanny Hoare Cervantes/Don Quixote and Joel Dell (Sancho Panza)
Chloe Weir as Aldonza/Dulcinea, Lanny Hoare Cervantes/Don Quixote and Joel Dell (Sancho Panza)

Fern Pridham, Producer  fernpridham@gmail.com or Don Van Galen, Producer  dvangalen@town.stmarys.on.ca

• The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical has been revived four times on Broadway, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre.

• The most famous song from the musical is The Impossible Dream, which was awarded the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

• This is the first time Man of La Mancha has been staged by SMCP at the St. Marys Town Hall Theatre.

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