NORWAY – The Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association will hold auditions for its production of “Man of La Mancha” at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 11-12, at the Norway Grange.

Roles in the musical are for 19 men and seven women who can play ages 18 and older.

Performance dates are Nov. 13, 14, 15, 16 and 20, 21, 22 23.

“Man of La Mancha,” by Dale Wasserman, is the musical adaptation of Cervantes’ masterpiece, “Don Quixote.” The show that introduced “The Impossible Dream” to the world won five Tony Awards and has become one of the most enduring works of musical theater.

Miguel de Cervantes is thrown into prison by the Spanish Inquisition, along with his comic servant, Sancho Panza. When prisoners begin to steal his possessions, he defends himself by telling them the story of an old man who believed he could become the knight-errant Don Quixote.

Quixote sets out on a quest to fight for right and to find his lady. Instead the “mad” knight fights windmills and finds Aldonza, who is definitely no lady. But against all odds, this noble knight dreams “the impossible dream” and through the power of his vision, gives hope to the prisoners and turns Aldonza into the Lady Dulcinea.

Most of the actors play double or triple roles. In the beginning, they are all prisoners or guards but throughout the show, they are directed by Cervantes to portray characters in Quixote’s wild adventures.

“Man of La Mancha” will be directed by Sally Jones, with musical direction by Jeremy Hill.

Available roles are as follows:

Miguel Cervantes/Don Quixote: the protagonist, age 45 +. Enthusiastic and optimistic. A dreamer. Actor plays both the middle-aged Cervantes and the older Quixote.

Aldonza/Dulcinea: female lead, can play 18-40. Untamed, strong and lusty woman. Experienced actress and singer.

Sancho: Any age. Comic and lovable man servant to Cervantes.

Padre: Any age. Sympathetic, kind and somewhat comical.

Governor/innkeeper: Strong leader of the prisoners, somewhat sympathetic.

The Duke/Dr. Carrasco: 30-40. Stern, arrogant and greedy character.

Antonia: Young, self-centered and greedy, engaged to Corrasco.

Barber/Moor/Man of the Inquisition: Comic barber role.

Housekeeper: Older, strong, comic role.

Captain of the Inquisition: Any age. Cruel and powerful.

Six muleteers: Rough prisoners of various ranges but distinct personalities, vital to the story.

Muleteer: Spanish guitarist

The company provides strong character work and challenging vocal music.

Auditioners should bring sheet music to sing. Accompanist is provided. Soundtrack is available at Books N Things. For more information, contact Jones at 743-2164.


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