‘Man of La Man­cha’

Covenant Col­lege presents mu­si­cal retelling of the clas­sic ‘Don Quixote’

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Covenant Col­lege The­atre brings a mu­si­cal back to the stage of San­der­son Au­di­to­rium af­ter an ab­sence of sev­eral years when “Man of La Man­cha” opens tonight, Nov. 9, con­tin­u­ing through Nov. 18.

“It was time to start do­ing mu­si­cals again, if for no other rea­son than to give some in­cred­i­bly tal­ented stu­dents a chance to do a mu­si­cal be­fore they grad­u­ate,” says di­rec­tor Claire Slavovsky.

“Man of La Man­cha” is the mu­si­cal retelling of Cer­vantes’ master­piece “Don Quixote.” The Tony Award-win­ning score is filled with show­stop­ping hits such as the ti­tle num­ber sung by Don Quixote, “Dul­cinea” and its well­known high­light, “The Im­pos­si­ble Dream.”

The mu­si­cal em­ploys a play-within-a-play for­mat in which a pris­oner, Cer­vantes, must de­fend him­self from his fel­low in­mates while await­ing the Span­ish In­qui­si­tion. His de­fense takes the form of a the­atri­cal pre­sen­ta­tion of the story of Alonso Qui­jana who has gone mad, “lay­ing down the melan­choly bur­den of san­ity.”

Cer­vantes trans­forms him­self into Don Quixote, and goes on mis­ad­ven­tures with his trusty ser­vant, San­cho Panza. How­ever mis­be­got­ten his plans, Don Quixote in his well-meant delu­sions seems to en­gage the hearts and fan­cies of those around him, in­clud­ing the beaten-down Al­donza, whom he mis- tak­enly adores as the lady, Dul­cinea.

Through Cer­vantes’ ob­sti­nate de­sire to see beauty and won­der in the mun­dane and rot­ten, Don Quixote raises the ques­tion of whether it is mad­ness to “seek trea­sure where there is only trash” and if “too much san­ity may be mad­ness.”

Note: This show con­tains brief de­pic­tions of vi­o­lence against women and may not be suitable for all au­di­ences.

For tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion, call the box of­fice at 706-419-1051 or email box­of­fice@covenant.edu.

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