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Man of La Mancha

by Dale Wasserman

music by Mitch Leigh

March 27, 28, April 3, 4, 1981

Hawthorne Junior High School

Miguel de Cervantes, aging and an utter failure in his varied careers as playwright, poet and tax collector for the government, has been thrown into a dungeon in Seville to await trial by the Inquisition for an offense against the Church. There he is hailed before a kangaroo court of his fellow prisoners; thieves, cutthroats and trollops who propose to confiscate his meager possessions one of which is the uncompleted manuscript of a novel called "Don Quixote." Cervantes, seeking to save it, proposes to offer a novel defense in the form of entertainment. The "court" accedes and before their eyes, donning makeup and costume, Cervantes and his faithful manservant transform themselves into Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. They proceed to play out the story with the participation of the prisoners as other characters.


Quixote and Sancho take to the road, on "horses" which dance a lively flamenco, singing Man of La Mancha in a campaign to restore the age of chivalry, to battle evil and right all wrongs. The famous encounter with the windmills follows, but Quixote ascribes his defeat to the machinations of his enemy, the dark Enchanter, whom one day he will meet in mortal combat.


In a roadside inn-which Quixote, spying from a distance, insists to Sancho is really a castle-Aldonza, the inn's serving girl and part-time trollop, is propositioned by a gang of rough Muleteers. Quixote, arriving at the inn, sees Aldonza as the dream-ideal whom he will serve evermore, singing Dulcinea to her. Aldonza is confused and angered by Quixote's refusal to see her as she really is.


The Padre and Dr. Carrasco arrive at the inn but on questioning Quixote, are frustrated by his lunatic logic. They are interrupted by the arrival of an itinerant Barber singing The Barber's Song. Quixote confiscates the Barber's shaving basin, convinced that it is really the "Golden Helmet" of Mambrino, and is ceremoniously crowned with the aid of the Muleteers and the incredulous Barber.


Later Aldonza encounters Quixote in the courtyard where he is holding vigil, in preparation for being dubbed a knight by the Innkeeper. She questions him on his seemingly irrational ways, and is answered by Quixote in a statement of his credo, The Impossible Dream.


Aldonza has caught the fever of Quixote's idealism but, attempting to put it into practice, is cruelly beaten and ravaged by the Muleteers in The Abduction and is carried off.


On the road again, Quixote and Sancho encounter a thievish band of Moors and are robbed of all their possessions in the The Moorish Dance. They return to the inn, only to encounter the disillusioned Aldonza who sings her denunciation of the Quixotic dream in the dramatic Aldonza. A fantastic figure, the Enchanter disguised as the Knight of the Mirrors, enters; challenging Quixote to combat, the Enchanter defeats him, forcing him to see himself as a pathetic clown.


At home again, the old man who once called himself Don Quixote is dying. Aldonza, having followed, forces her way into the room, pleading poignantly with him to restore the vision of glory she held so briefly, in the song Dulcinea. Quixote, remembering, rises from his bed to reaffirm the stirring Man of La Mancha, but collapses, dying. Aldonza, having glimpsed the vision once more, refuses to acknowledge death, saying, "My name is Dulcinea."


Back in Cervantes' dungeon the prisoners, dregs of humanity though they are, have been deeply affected by his story and restore to him his precious manuscript. Cervantes is summoned to his real trial by the Inquisition. The prisoners unite to sing him on his way with The Impossible Dream.


Show Program









Production Staff


Byrll Hoelke


David Eggebrecht

Technical Direcotgr

Don Horaitis

Stage Manager

Linda Englert

Set Designer

John Flessas

Musical Director

Gary Lohmeyer


Gayle Siewert

Rehearsal Pianist

Judy Gunderson

John Kohls

Costume Designer

Carol Horaitis

Set Construction

David Boswell

Kathy Boswell

Carma Boswell

Betty Ann buhr

Don Horaitis

Bob Kafka

Tom Kohls

Donna Kay Kohls

Rich Morgan

Lighting Crew

Bob Kafka

Mark Horaitis

Sound Crew

Bill Kimpel

Dan Slane

Prop Crew

Betty Ann Buhr

Ann De Leo

Pat Hoelke

Julie Richter

Betty Ann Zielinski



Kathy Roate


Marian Hahn

Deb Pipkorn


Byrll Hoelke

Tom Kohls

Donna Kay Kohls

Rich Morgan

Rosie Peterson

Graphic Designer

Deb Pipkorn

House Manager

Rosie Peterson


Ruth Mary Burdick

Ann Marie Cheney

Nick De Leo

J. Paul Huddleston

Sara Jane Kennedy

Dave Kirkpatrick

Kathy Kirkpatrick

Evvie Smith


Michael Aarongon

Joanne Deuster

Georgia Eckhardt

Jack Mandelker

Miss Murphy

Cheryl Peterson

Carol Schneider

Evvie Smith

Betsy Stowe

Carole Yank



Captian of the Inquisition

Rich Morgan


Sancho Panza

Lloyd Dreger


Miguel De Cervantes / Don Quixote

David Ferrie


Governor / Innkeeper

Dan Slane


Pedro / Captain of the Guard

Matt Brown

Paco Scott Piepenberg  
Jose William Fink  
Tenorio William Theisen  


Nanette Larson


Anselmo / Barber

David Handrich


Aldonza / Dulcinea

Cecile Langford


Marie the innkeeper's wife

Maggie Einwald


Antonia, Alonso's Niece

Loranie Albers

Housekeeper for Alonso Carol Dolphin  
Padre Jim Wensing  
Prisoner / Horse Kate Noon  
Guard Phyllis Gregg  

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