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Emerson Stage prepares for opening of Spring Musical

Rhea Becker
April 12, 2011

emerson student performers in man of lamancha

Matt Koplik '12 rehearses his role as Sancho for this week’s production of Man of La Mancha.

An annual rite of spring since 1954, Emerson’s spring musical will take the Paramount stage this week with a production of Man of La Mancha, featuring a cast and crew of some 40 students. La Mancha, a play-within-a-play, tells the story of Miguel de Cervantes, who, as he waits for a hearing before the Spanish Inquisition, presents a mock defense to his fellow prisoners in which he becomes Don Quixote, a famed knight. 

The cast is led by Timothy John Smith as Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote, Matt Koplik ’12 as Sancha Panza, and Dana Vincent ’11 as Aldonza/Dulcinea. Stephen Terrell, artist-in-residence in the Department of Performing Arts, is directing. Smith is a professional, Boston-based actor. “We like to give our students the opportunity to work with professionals when we can,” said Terrell, “and he’s doing a smashing job.” In addition, Smith is working with Emerson Artist-in-Residence Amelia Broome to help the students learn to project their voices in a large, unamplified space. 

Man of La Mancha was originally produced on Broadway in 1965 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. One of the stand-out musical numbers from the popular show is “Impossible Dream.”

The show will be presented April 14–16 (Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 pm; Friday, April 15 at 8:00 pm; Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm). Tickets are $10–$20. 

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Photo Credit: Aja Neahring