An annual rite of spring since 1954, Emerson’s spring musical will take the Paramount stage this week with a production of Man of La Mancha, featuring a cast and crew of some 40 students. La Mancha, a play-within-a-play, tells the story of Miguel de Cervantes, who, as he waits for a hearing before the Spanish Inquisition, presents a mock defense to his fellow prisoners in which he becomes Don Quixote, a famed knight.
The cast is led by Timothy John Smith as Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote, Matt Koplik ’12 as Sancha Panza, and Dana Vincent ’11 as Aldonza/Dulcinea. Stephen Terrell, artist-in-residence in the Department of Performing Arts, is directing. Smith is a professional, Boston-based actor. “We like to give our students the opportunity to work with professionals when we can,” said Terrell, “and he’s doing a smashing job.” In addition, Smith is working with Emerson Artist-in-Residence Amelia Broome to help the students learn to project their voices in a large, unamplified space.
Man of La Mancha was originally produced on Broadway in 1965 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. One of the stand-out musical numbers from the popular show is “Impossible Dream.”
The show will be presented April 14–16 (Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 pm; Friday, April 15 at 8:00 pm; Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm). Tickets are $10–$20.
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