2007-07-05 / Happenings

'The Man of La Mancha' to be performed in Gladwin

"The Man of La Mancha" is being performed by Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre July 11-14. Performances begin at 8 p.m. The play within a play will star numerous members of the surrounding communities from Harrison, Gladwin and Beaverton.

In the late 16th-century Spain, Miguel de Cervantes, author, actor, playwright and part-time tax collector, has been arrested by the Inquisition for trying to collect taxes from a church. Thrown into a holding cell in prison with cutthroats and thieves, he and his servant are stripped of their belongings and are put on trial for their lives by the other prisoners.

Cervantes and his servant transform themselves into Don Quixote and his faithful Sancho Panza, and take to the road on hastily rigged-up horses. They immediately encounter a windmill, which Don Quixote perceives to be a disguise of his arch-enemy The Enchanter. The glowering prisoners are coerced into taking part in the charade.

Ultimately, Cervantes' name is called by the Inquisition, and he and his servant must go. With the courage of his hero coursing through his veins, and manuscript in hand, he mounts the steps to his ordeal, having earned the admiration of the prisoners whose lives his story may well have transformed.

Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre urges the public to come and enjoy the adventures/ misadventures of Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho. Tickets are on sale now at these local businesses: In Gladwin at: The Medicine Shoppe, Gladwin City Hall, Village Flowers & Gifts, Gladwin Pharmacy, Gladwin Chamber of Commerce and Lyle Flowers. In Beaverton at: Beaverton Pharmacy and Beaverton City Hall. The cost is $10 per person.

For information call Nicole at (989) 426-5571 or Yvette at (989) 426-2467.

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