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 Timeless 'Man of La Mancha' Headed to SRU 

 

SPOTLIGHT

9/17/2004

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

TIMELESS MUSICAL ‘MAN OF LA MANCHA’ HEADED TO SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY

             SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The five-time Tony winning musical masterpiece “Man of La Mancha” will open the Slippery Rock University fall theater season with eight performances, including two Sunday matinees, under the direction of Dr. David Skeele, professor of theater.

          Curtains are at 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9 and Oct. 13-16, and 2 p.m. Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 in Miller Auditorium. The Miller Auditorium Box Office will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and will accept voice mail messages at 724-738-2645. Tickets are $5 general public; $3 SRU students with ID.

           In addition to the Tony honors for best musical, composer, lyricists, director, scenic designer and actor, the well-known musical earned honors from the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Popular songs from the work include “It’s all the Same,” “Dulcinea,” “I’m Only Thinking of Him” and emotional “The Impossible Dream.”

          The musical, composed by Mitch Leigh with lyrics by Joe Darion and book by Dale Wasserman, is based on the story of writer Don Miguel de Cervantes, who enlists the aid of his fellow prisoners in performing his immortal tale of “DonQuixote.” The lead – who tilts at windmills – is played by Mark Erickson of New Wilmington, with his manservant Sancho played by Bret Hockenberry of Oil City. Duke is played by Sean Argyle of Grove City and the role of Aldonza is played by Lisa Cifrulak of Jefferson Hills.

          The set is being designed by Gordon Phetteplace, associate professor of theater, costumes are by Rebecca Morrice, assistant professor of theater, and John Pivetz, technical director at Miller, is handling lighting design. Kevin Smith, assistant professor of music, will handle music direction and Andy Allison, an SRU graduate, will serve as vocal director.

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