Noble Quest Fuels "Man of La Mancha"
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Feb. 6-15


1/12/09


Join Don Quixote as he sets out to battle evil with his trusty squire, Sancho Panza, when "Man of La Mancha" comes to MCCC's Kelsey Theatre. The award-winning Maurer Productions OnStage presents this inspiring American classic Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 6, 13, and 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Feb. 6. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Based on the masterpiece by Miguel de Cervantes, the show is a play-within-a-play set during the Spanish Inquisition of the late 1600s. Thrown into prison, Cervantes attempts to win favor with his fellow prisoners by telling the stunning tale of Don Quixote, a knight who embarks on a romantic and noble journey to win the heart of a good woman and to capture "The Impossible Dream." Quixote pulls others into his world of naïve idealism, including malevolent muleteers, an innkeeper who dubs him a proper knight, and, most poignantly, a local wench named Aldonza, whom he believes to be his Lady Dulcinea. His family, meanwhile, is aghast at his flights of fancy and works to restore his sanity. But at what cost and to what end?

The show boasts a gorgeous musical score including such show-stopping numbers as "The Impossible Dream," "Dulcinea," "What Do You Want of Me?" "Little Bird, Little Bird" and many more. First performed on Broadway in 1968 and winner of five Tony Awards, a film version of the show starring Peter O'Toole followed in 1972. "Man of La Mancha" has enjoyed numerous revivals in productions across the country, making it one of the most enduring works of musical theater.

Directed by John Maurer of Ewing, the show stars Daniel Petrovich as Don Quixote, Sam Rosalsky as Sancho, Meera Mohan as Aldonza, Joe Zedeny as the Innkeeper/ Governor, John Bergeron as Dr. Corrasco, Jim Petro as the Padre, Butch Burger as the barber, Elizabeth Rzasa as Antonia, and Debbie Ryan as the Housekeeper.

(Foreground from left) Meera Mohan is Aldonza, Sam Rosalsky is Sancho and Daniel Petrovich, kneeling, is Don Quixote. Also pictured, from left, are Butch Burger, Keith Nielsen, Toni Campbell, Joe Zedeny, John
Ragazzo, Tess Ammerman, (seated), Eric Wishnie, John Russell, Robert Rasczyk, Marc Flicker and Jim Petro.
Meera Mohan is Aldonza and John Ragazzo is a muleteer. Other muleteers are, from left, Marc Flicker, Eric Wishnie, Keith Neilsen, Robert Rasczyk and John Russell.
From left, John Bergeron plays the Duke, Jim Petro
plays the Padre and Daniel Petrovich plays Don Quixote.

The cast also includes John Ragazzo as Pedro, Keith Nielsen as Anselmo, John Russell as Tenorio, Chris Guell as Jose, Robert Rasczyk as Paco, Marc Flicker as Juan, Eric Wishnie as Quito, Toni Campbell as Maria, Tess Ammerman as Fermina, Jamuna Dasi as the Moorish Dancing Girl, Allen Kasham as the Captain of the Inquisition. Krystal Vozza of Hamilton and Melissa Rittman of Ewing are featured in the ensemble.

Last season, Maurer Productions OnStage earned 18 Perry Award nominations for two of its productions at Kelsey, "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Singin' in the Rain." In both shows, quality acting and imaginative set design combined for superlative reviews. According to John Maurer, who directed both of the shows, his company is looking forward to transforming the Kelsey stage into a dank, dark Spanish dungeon. More information about this production of Man of La Mancha can be found online at www.mponstage.com.

Tickets for "Man of La Mancha" are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events for the 2008-09 season, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

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