STAGE TUBE: Julie Garnye on Playing 'Aldonza' in PCPA's MAN OF LA MANCHA; Plus Performance Sneak Peek!

By: Jul. 02, 2015
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This classic musical Man of La Mancha, plays in the Marian Theatre July 8 & 11, 2015, then under the unreachable stars in the Solvang Festival Theater July 17 - August 16. Check out what Julie Garnye has to say on playing 'Aldonza' in the production below!

In this play within a play, we are presented with Miguel de Cervantes who has just been imprisoned during the Spanish Inquisition. In the dungeon, the other prisoners hold a mock trial and Cervantes must defend himself to save a precious manuscript.

He tells the court a fantastic story of an aging nobleman, and while doing so, he transforms himself into knight-errant Don Quixote de la Mancha. Don Quixote duels windmill monsters and defends the lady of his dreams, Dulcinea, who is actually a peasant "kitchen wench" named Aldonza. He travels with his squire, Sancho Panza, who does his best to keep Quixote out of trouble.

Our "mad knight" has a heart of gold and is on a quest to right all the wrongs in the world; he knows neither defeat or failure. And through his vision of hope and possibilities, he inspires goodness in others, which is personified in the anthem "To Dream the Impossible Dream."

Don Quixote will be played by guest equity artist David Studwell*. Also featured are, Leo Cortez as Sancho, Julie Garnyé* as Aldonza, Peter S. Hadres* as Captain of the Inquisition, Erik Stein* as Governor/Innkeeper, Andrew Philpot* as Dr. Carrasco/The Duke, Michael Jenkinson* as Padre, George Walker as Pedro/Guitar, Matt Koenig as Anselmo, Kitty Balay* as Maria, Elizabeth Stuart* as Houskeeper, and Karin Hendricks as Antonia.