Waterford Musical Society proudly bring you their latest production “Man of La Mancha”
Waterford Musical Society proudly bring you their latest production "Man of La Mancha" which takes to the stage of the Theatre Royal on May 2nd-6th. This promises to be another sold out performance for this award winning theatre group.
Based on Cervantes’ epic 17th-century novel Don Quixote, this is a remarkable, poignant musical that was one of the first shows to musicalize a piece of historical literature.
Set in the context of the Spanish Inquisition, Man of La Mancha is presented as a play-within-a-play. We encounter historical author Miguel de Cervantes in prison, awaiting trial by the Inquisition. When his fellow prisoners try to take Cervantes’ belongings from him, including his manuscript, Cervantes proposes a trial in which he proves the merit of the manuscript through a re-enactment, enlisting his fellow prisoners as characters in his play.
Together, they tell the story of the aged Alonso Quijana who believes himself to be a medieval knight wandering in search of chivalrous adventures. He names himself Don Quixote and pursues an obsessive quest to attain an impossible dream.
Against all odds, Quixote and his trusty squire Sancho Panza take to the road and seek out the good and innocent in a world filled with darkness and despair.
Through the story, all the prisoners – at least for a moment, are enlightened. The mad Don Quixote may think a windmill to be a giant and a tavern to be a castle, but along the way he also transforms a wretched woman into a beautiful lady and proves that an old man’s belief can truly make him a knight.
Directed by Bill Stafford, Choreography by Margaret Kavanagh and a live orchestra under the Musical Direction of Wayne Brown, this hardworking cast will take you on a melodic journey with an emotional score of epic proportions. A not to be missed piece of classic musical theatre .