USD Playhouse to
present Man of La Mancha The University of South Dakota Playhouse invites audiences "to dream the impossible dream" when it presents the inspirational Broadway classic Man of La Mancha June 12-14 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in Vermillion, June 19-21 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls, and June 26-28 at Lamb Theatre in Sioux City. Man of La Mancha will perform Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Man of La Mancha, which has a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh, is adapted from Wasserman's non-musical 1959 teleplay, "I, Don Quixote", which was in turn inspired by Miguel de Cervantes' seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote. Set in a prison during the late 1500's, Man of La Mancha tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Man of La Mancha features iconic musical numbers that include the title song and "We're Only Thinking of Him", "I Really Like Him", "Little Bird, Little Bird", "Golden Helmet of Mambrino", "To Each His Dulcinea", and "The Impossible Dream". The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, and the musical has been revived numerous times, including in 2002, to become one of the most enduring works of musical theatre. The USD Playhouse, which seeks to showcase established professionals working side by side with emerging student artists, is in its fourth year of offering high quality musical theatre entertainment through its touring productions in the Sioux Empire. This year's production features Bruce Earnest, professional singer/actor who has performed with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Walt Disney World, The Berkshire Theatre Project and Munich State Theatre as Cervantes/Don Quixote, the knight errant in search of adventure and love. Dan Workman, artistic director of the Children's Theatre Company of South Dakota, is Quixote's sidekick, Sancho, while USD musical theatre student Krysta Dziak plays Aldonza, the tortured soul who is transformed by Quixote, who sees her as his cherished Dulcinea. Other professionals include Nanette Hofer, professor of musical theatre at USD as the Housekeeper; Matt Nesmith, director of musical theatre at the University of New Hampshire, as the Governor/ Innkeeper; and Dr. Ron Moyer, professor of theatre at USD as the Captain of the Inquisition. Other key roles are played by musical theatre students at the university, including Kevin Kelly as the Padre, Cody Strand as the Barber, Mary Fitzgibbons as Antonia, and Tyler Hudson as Dr. Carrasco. Man of La Mancha is directed by Eric Hagen, chair of theatre at USD, with musical direction by Nanette Hofer and choreography by Mary Fitzgibbons. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for youth in Vermillion, and $17 for the general public in Sioux Falls and Sioux City. Reservations for performances in all three venues can be made beginning June 1st by calling (605) 677-5400 or online at www.usd.edu/cfa/Theatre.