FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players opens MAN OF LA MANCHA 3/11 at Westchester Playhouse

Kentwood Players proudly presents the multiple Tony Award winning musical "MAN OF LA MANCHA" with Book by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh and Lyrics by Joe Darion opening Friday, March 11 through Saturday, April 16, 2016 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm, with three Thursday night performances on March 31, April 7 and 14 at 8:00pm, at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90045. The production is directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth with Musical Director Mike Walker and Choreographer Drew Fitzsimmons, produced by Margie Bates and Gail Bernardi by special arrangement with Tams Witmark Music Library.

Featured in the cast in alphabetical order are Rachel Berman, Nick Bradford, Tessa Byford, Joel D. Castro, Terry Delegeane, Martin Feldman, Drew Fitzsimmons, Stevie Garcia, Samuel Goldman, Daniel Kruger, Ben Lupejkis, Bradley Miller, Peter Miller, Kelsey Nisbett, Judy Rosenfeld, Slater Ross, Kira Sherman, and Susan Stangl.

Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and his seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, the 1966 multiple Tony Award winning musical "MAN OF LA MANCHA" tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes, his manservant, and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Cervantes takes out a makeup kit from his trunk and in a few short moments, transforms himself into Alonso Quijana, an old gentleman who has read so many books on chivalry and thought so much about injustice that he has lost his mind and now believes he should go forth as a knight-errant, renaming himself Don Quixote de La Mancha and setting out to find adventures with his "squire" Sancho Panza. Quixote attempts to avoid his mortal enemy, the Enchanter, and woo the serving wench and prostitute, Aldonza, who he takes to be the lady Dulcinea. The musical continues to play in many countries around the world with its principal song, "The Impossible Dream" a much-loved standard.

Tickets are $25.00 with a $2.00 discount for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, please call (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00-7:00pm. You may also purchase tickets online at www.kentwoodplayers.org. For group ticket sales of 10 or more, please call the box office for group rates. This musical is appropriate for all ages, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the theater.

For more information about Kentwood Players including our current production and upcoming auditions, please visit the Kentwood Players website at www.kentwoodplayers.org. You can also find Kentwood Players information on Facebook and Twitter.

To meet the "MAN OF LA MANCHA" production team and learn more about Kentwood Players and what goes on at the Westchester Playhouse, the public is invited to attend our membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Photos by Shari Barrett


Don Quixote encourages Sancho and Aldonza to follow their own "Impossible Dream." (Bradley Miller, Ben Lupejkis and Rachel Berman)


Bradley Miller (Sancho Panza), Ben Lupejkis (Don Quixote) and Rachel Berman (Aldonza) star in the Kentwood Players production of "Man of La Mancha."


Sancho and Don Quixote begin a new adventure. (Bradley Miller and Ben Lupejkis)


Don Quixote meets his "Dulcinea" (Rachel Berman and Ben Lupejkis)


Sancho and Aldonza fear for Don Quixote as he battles a windmill. ( Bradley Miller and Rachel Berman).


Antonia, the Padre, and Housekeeper sing "I'm Only Thinking of Him." (Kelsey Nisbett, Peter Miller and Susan Stangl)


The Housekeeper, Dr. Carrasco, Antonia and the Padre disagree as to the best way to handle the problem of the Knight. (Susan Stangl, Daniel Kruger, Kelsey Nisbett and Peter Miller)


Sancho announces the arrival of the Knight Errant Don Quixote De La Mancha. (Bradley Miller and Ben Lupejkis)


Sancho delivers a missive to Aldonza from Don Quixote De La Mancha. (Rachel Berman and Bradley Miller)


Dr. Carrasco seeks advice from the Padre. (Daniel Kruger and Peter Miller)

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