MAN OF LA MANCHA
book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, music by Mitch Leigh
AUDITION DATE: Sat, January 6 | 3pm
PERFORMANCE DATES: March 9 10 16 17 18 23 24 25
directed by LEE HAMBY
musical direction by ERIN BARNES
One of the most enduring works and great theatre successes of our time. This thrilling play-within-a-play, based on Cervantes’ Don Quixote is a remarkable classic. The old man’s dream is Everyman’s dream. His tilting at windmills is Everyman’s great adventure.
Please arrive and be prepared to start promptly at 3pm. We will sing first then dance.
Prepare a 2 minute classic musical theatre song in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided – No acapella or karaoke track auditions allowed. Your sheet music should be in the correct key. Accompanist will not transpose.
Also be prepared to learn a short dance combination. Bring the appropriate clothing and shoes to be able to dance.
Casting is open to all ethinicities and physical types. The play is set in a rough and ruthless world, so character types are encouraged to audition. Muleteers and most principal roles double as prisoners and/or gypsies.
Note: The role of Don Quixote/Cervantes has been cast.
ALDONZA | Female 20s–mid 30s. Strong mezzo soprano with belt. Raw, gutsy, edgy. She is a kitchen wench/prostitute who Quixote tries to make into a lady. Guarded, defiant, a survivor. Beneath her tough exterior is a woman with a noble, gentle heart who has given up hope.
SANCHO PANZA | Male 30s–50s. Strong character bari-tenor. Devoted and loyal, he has been Cervantes / Quixote’s manservant and caretaker for many years. Sancho is funny, curious, greedy, loving and vacillates between feelings of compassion and skepticism for his master. While he often acts out of cowardliness and ignorance, he possesses his own folky wisdom.
DR. CARRASCO / THE DUKE | Male 20s–50s. Baritone. Antonia’s fiancé. A man of science and reason. He thinks Don Quixote is a madman and insists that he return home for treatment. Arrogant, analytical, and refined.
PADRE | Male 30s-60s. Lyric tenor. A kind, thoughtful, sympathetic but passive Catholic priest. He is well-intentioned, but not strong enough to stand fully behind his beliefs.
ANTONIA | Female 18-30s. Soprano. Quixote’s niece and Dr. Carrasco’s fiancée. A seemingly sweet and caring young woman who is actually deeply selfish and calculating.
THE INNKEEPER / GOVERNOR | Male 30s-50’s. A large and powerful man. He is kind as the Innkeeper, a gentle giant, but as the Governor he is the leader of the inmate society in the prison.
DR. CARRASCO / THE DUKE | Male 30s-40s. As the character of the Duke he is the sidekick to the Governor; however, as Dr. Carrasco, he is Antonia’s fiancé. A scientist who thinks Don Quixote is mad and insists that he come home and be treated for his malady.
MARIA, INNKEEPER’S WIFE | Female 40s-60s. Alto character voice. The exasperated wife of the Innkeeper. She sees, and expects, the worst of all who enter the inn. Could double with the Housekeeper.
HOUSEKEEPER | Female 40s-60s. Soprano/mezzo. Quixote’s self-righteous, fastidious housekeeper. She cares for Quixote deeply, and has fantasies of a romantic relationship with him.
THE BARBER | Male, 30-40s. Funny. He travels the countryside and peddles shaves. He isknown by everyone. Character baritone
MULETEERS | 3-4 men, 25-30s. Strong, masculine highwaymen. Men of size and stature. They are murderers, rapist and thieves who await their death in prison.
MOORISH GIRL / FLAMENCO DANCER | Female 20-early 40’s. She has lived life. Dancer with knowledge of the Flamenco style but not necessary.