The Rocky Mountain High School music department will stage the musical “Man of La Mancha” this week at the RMHS Auditorium in Byron. The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) and Saturday.
Written by Dale Wasserman with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, this elaborate musical takes place in a prison in Seville, Spain, at the end of the 16th century. Miguel De Cervantes is a full-time actor and part-time tax collector who is thrown into prison, along with his loyal friend, after serving a collection notice and lien on a monastery.
The prisoners threaten to take and destroy all of their belongings, including Cervantes' lone manuscript of his masterpiece play. They are put on trial by the prisoners themselves and have to act out their play in order to save themselves and their remaining possessions. What follows is a fantastic ride through Cervantes' imagination where the prisoners have to play as characters in this "play within a play."
“It's been a great ride through the whole production, and we are so thrilled to be working with such a wonderful group of young people,” Director Spencer Clark said.
Lead characters include:
Miguel De Cervantes (Don Quixote and Alonso Quijana) -- Russell Roberts; Manservant (Sancho Panza) -- Kyle Peterson; Aldonza (Dulcinea) -- Melissa Iverson.
Captain of the Inquisition -- Tyrell Humphreys; Governor -- John Bernhisel; Duke - KJ Blackburn; Muleteers --Thomas Troutman, Jesse Hernandez, Bryce Ward, Shane Wocicki, Adam Larson, Kirby Winland, Casey Banks, Cannon Simmons and Bill Despain; Innkeeper -- Michael Bernhisel; Maria (Innkeeper's wife) -- Lauren Peterson; Fermina (A Serving Girl) -- Ashley Bridges; Antonia (Alonso's niece) -- Hilary Woodis; Housekeeper (for Alonso) -- Mandee Leonhardt; Padre -- Austin Brost; Dr. Sanson Carrasco (Antonia's Fiancee and Knight of the Mirrors) -- Dalton Banks; Barber -- Sam Woodis; Moorish Dancers/Gypsies -- Kenia Rivera, Kallee Hernandez, Camaron Wambeke, Rachael Allred, Brady Winland, Ashley Bridges and Lauren Peterson; Horses -- Ricky Rivera and Jessica Allred; Prisoners -- Melissa Bernhisel.
Director Clark said he would like to thank:
Accompanists -- Lorrie Brost and Mirriam Roberts; Costumes -- Evelyn Carter; Choreography -- Shannon Baker, Lacie Bassett and Maggie Asay; Scenery -- Berta Newton, Richard Mayes, Charles Pollart, Geranne Rasmussen, Sienna Rausch and others; Make-up -- Karyn Clark; Behind-the-stage hands -- Mary Schwope, Brianna Hocker, Joe Parker and Bianca Ballinger; Posters and programs -- Russell Roberts.
“Also, an extra special thanks to all the moms who have helped keep us going by supplying us with delicious food during our rehearsals,” Clark said. “Rocky Mountain staff: thanks for all of your patience and support through this. Sorry if we have missed anyone; that doesn't mean that we aren't grateful.”