Arts & Entertainment

Valley Theater Company rides beside Don Quixote

The Valley Theater Company's spring musical will combine a touch of humor and some amazing music when Man of LaMancha opens April 30 at The Princess Theater in Prosser.

The story revolves around the real-life poet and writer Miguel de Cervantes, who wrote the story of Don Quixote in the 16th century.

The musical is a play within a play in which Cervantes, who is imprisoned and awaiting a hearing during the Spanish Inquisition, decides to cast his fellow inmates in a play about the mad knight Don Quixote and his undying devotion to Dulcinea, despite her lowly station as a scullery maid.

The story of Man of LaMancha was written by Dale Wasserman, and it was composer Mitch Leigh who wrote the music for the stage version with Joe Darion as lyricist.

Man of LaMancha won a array of Tony Awards in 1966 for best musical, best composer and lyricist, best actor in a musical, best scenic design, best costume design, best choreography and best direction of a musical.

Though the story was written to be performed on a thrust stage that juts part way out into the audience, the Valley Theater group's production will not, said Kathy Aubrey, the show's producer.

"We'll have a normal stage, but we had a master painter (Marti Nelson from Prosser) come in and paint our entire stage to look like the inside of a prison," Aubrey said. "The set is very cool, and the music is exceptional. Our actors' voices are pure and strong."

Among the memorable songs from the musical is Dream the Impossible Dream. The play is a perennial favorite that has been revived four times on Broadway, has been performed worldwide and translated into many languages, including several Spanish dialects.

Leading the cast will be Richard Reuther as Cervantes/Quixote. Megan Johnson portrays Dulcinea, Jim Milne plays Sancho and Rob Siemens is the captain of the Inquisition.

Other cast members include Scott Waywell, Steve Anderson, Bill Boge, Leroy Bussert, Gene Carbaugh, Andrew Meyers, Susan Webber, Julie Trumble, Chris Reuther and Mary Marquez.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. April 30, May 1, 7-8 at the Princess Theater, 1228 Meade Ave., in downtown Prosser.

Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and military personnel. Tickets are available at the door.

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