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                 Man of La Mancha   Fall Musical  November 18-20, 2004

 

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                               The Cast of Man of La Mancha

 

 

                                                           Cast
                                                (in order of appearance)
 
Cantaor            ……………………………………………………………………Lisa Goldberg
Captain of the Inquisition………………………………………………….......Wilfredo Abrahante
Guard…………………………………………………………………… ..............Doug Ruchefsky
Guard……………………………………………………………………...............Tom Roccotagliata
Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quixote & Alonso Quijana)………………….Brian Rosenblum
Manservant (Sancho Panza) ……………………………………………........Max Aboody
Roles take by the Prisoners:
Governor/Innkeeper……………………………………………………….........Spencer Levy
Duke/Dr. Carrasco/Knight of the Mirrors…………………………………...Lee Taglin
Seven Muleteers
Pedro……………………………………………………………………….............David Taub
Anselmo…………………………………………………………………..............Andrew Catalano
Paco………………………………………………………………………..............Justin Corinella
Jose……………………………………………………………………............…...Adam Rubin
Tenorio………………………………………………………………............…….Danny Buslik
Juan………………………………………………………………………...............Doug Ruchefsky          
Lupe/Guitar Player………………………………………………………...........Alex Cohen
Aldonza (Dulcinea) …………………………………………………….........….Sara Tazari
Maria (Innkeeper’s Wife)………………………………………………...........Lisa Goldberg
Fermina/Moorish Dancer………………………………………………........….Robin Zelman
Serving Wenches……………….......................................................Alexis Shaw, Sami Cherif, Sasha Hiller,
                                                                                                Michel Aron-Bayof
Antonia (Alonso’s Niece) ………………………………………………........…Emily Hauser
Housekeeper (for Alonso) ……………………………………………......……Christina Combs
Padre……………………………………………………………………............….Andrew Werner
Barber………………………………………………………………............…….. Alex Goldklang
Moorish Girl…………………………………………………………............…….Tracy Naviasky
Prisoner…………………………………………………………………….
Prisoner…………………………………………………………………….
Moors……………………………………………
Prisoners
Prisoners……..........Abbe Goldberg, Michel Aron-Bayof, Melissa Lefcort, Sam Azoulay,
                             Samantha Cherif, Elyssa Ackerman, Sasha Hiller, Alexis Shaw

 

Press Release

CHASING WINDMILLS and DREAMS
  
    Chasing windmills is not common. Some might even call it crazy, but Don Quixote, the lead character in Man of La Mancha finds this is a part of his escape from his imprisonment during the Spanish Inquisition.  Don Quixote’s story comes alive in this year’s fall Royal Crown Players production of the classic musical, opening on November 18th and running through November 20th
at Roslyn High School.
 
Man of La Mancha is set in Spain at the end of the 16th century. Miguel de Cervantes, an author, is thrown into prison by the Spanish Inquisition and forced to plead for his life and the life of his servant when put on trial by the other prisoners. In his defense, Cervantes tells the tale of Alonso Quijana, who believes he is the knight-errant Don Quixote de la Mancha. Cervantes and his servant assume the roles of Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza as the other prisoners reluctantly participate in the tale. Eventually they are drawn into the story in spite of themselves and realize the power of pursuing one’s dreams. Through his trials and tribulations, Don Quixote reveals how love, truth, honor and justice can all be possible in life.
 
The musical features several well known tunes, including “The Impossible Dream,” and hosts a cast of unforgettable characters, including Don Quixote performed by Brian Rosenblum along with the entwined roles of Miguel Cervantes and Alonso Quijana; the faithful Sancho performed by Max Aboody; Sara Tazari makes her RCP debut as Aldonza (who does not believe she is worthy of Quixote’s love) ; Quixote’s nemesis, the cruel Dr. Carrasco (who strives to disenchant Quixote of his madness) portrayed by Lee Taglin; and a full crew of prisoners-turned-muleteers to bring forth this dark yet strangely uplifting tale including Andrew Werner as the Padre,  Emily Hauser as Antonia, Christina Combs as the Housekeeper, Spencer Levy as the Governor and Alex Goldklang as the Barber.  Also featured in the cast are David Taub as Pedro (the head muleteer), Andrew Catalano as Anselmo, Lisa Goldberg as Maria (the innkeeper’s wife), and Robin Zelman as Fermina the Moorish Dancer.  Others in the cast include Alex Cohen (onstage guitarist/muleteer) along with muleteers Doug Ruchefsky, Danny Buslik, Adam Rubin, Justin Corinella, and Tom Roccotagliata.  Other prisoners are Alexis Shaw, Sami Cherif, Sasha Hiller, Michel Aron-Bayof, Tracy Naviasky, Abbe Goldberg, Melissa Lefcort, Sam Azoulay and Elyssa Ackerman.  Mr. Wilfredo Abrahante, a high school faculty member, joins the cast in a cameo role as the Captain of the Inquisition.

Man of La Mancha is an uplifting story for our time. Don Quixote portrays the importance of not seeing life as it is but seeing life as it ought to be. It exemplifies the importance of lofty goals and aspirations that seem out of our grasp. Written by Dale Wasserman, Milton Leigh and Joe Darion, Man of La Mancha was the 1966 winner of the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Musical.  
 
“The challenging aspect of the role of Don Quixote is accentuated because it encompasses two other roles: Don Miguel de Cervantes and Alsonso Quijana,” Rosenblum said. “The show switches between these three characters.”
 
The musical and stage direction is by RCP veteran Brad Frey.  Choreography is by Jennifer Buonomo and costumes are by Joseph Hoffman.  Set design and construction is by Ron Weaver and the new assistant advisor of the club is Paulina Schwartz.  The stage manager is Emily Niesenbaum with Emily Zahn as her assistant.  Set decoration is headed by Marie Inui.  The business managers are Michael Hofer and Jessica Cohen with Alex Cohen and Monique Yashaya as assistants. Eric Feinstein is the set construction crew chief along with Matt Ronas. Andrew Imperato heads the lighting and tech crew. The sound design is by Doug Rowand with sound chief, Eric Lippe assisted by Keri Murtagh.
Man of La Mancha will be performed on Thursday, November 18th at 3:30 PM; Friday, November 19th at 7:30 PM; and Saturday, November 20th at 7:30 PM.  All performances take place in the Roslyn High School Auditorium. To reserve tickets, call the RCP Box Office (Jocelyn Kitaeff and Amanda Ackerman, box office managers) at 625-6362 or you can visit our web site at http://rcp.roslynschools.org for further show information.  All reserved ticket prices are $10.

 

What is RCP?

      The Royal Crown Players of Roslyn High School have been in existence since the beginning days of the school. The organization has always prided itself on the professionalism of its productions. It has showcased the finest talent in the Roslyn community and fostered an appreciation for the theatre. Past productions have ranged from Shakespeare to original musical presentations.

      An inclusive family, RCP has members not only on stage, but backstage as well, with the creative energies of set construction, choreography, lighting, sound, properties, scenic design, costuming, and make-up. Our business staff publishes two playbills a year and specializes in graphic arts. Our box office staff creates and manages a computerized ticket system, while our computer staff maintains all of our computers.

      RCP is a “real life” activity, from the nurturing of a script and score to the presentation of an opening night performance. The culmination of different students and talents with unselfish attitudes and the same creative aim, for your enjoyment, appreciation, and love for the theatre, we are the Royal Crown Players.

 

The Royal Crown Players Executive Board 2004-2005

Emily Niesenbaum - President
Andrew Werner - Vice President
Christina Combs - Corresponding Secretaries
Andrew Imperato - Recording Secretary
Monique Yashaya -
Treasurer

FRIENDS OF RCP EXECUTIVE BOARD

Katie Goldberg - Co-President
Anne Niesenbaum -Co-President
 Susan Zelman - Treasurer
Lisa Levine-Shapiro– Fund-Raising Dinner
Glenn and Patty Werner—Cast Party
Lynn Burros, Wendy Novick - Publicity
Richard and Judy Rosenblum - Photography
Lisa Levine-Shapiro -
Dress Rehearsal-Snacks

FACULTY ADVISORS

Brad Frey - Director
 William Cussick - Technical Direction
Daniel Amy - Stagecraft Director
Jennifer Buonomo - Choreography
Joseph Hoffman - Costumes

Past RCP Musicals

Anything Goes 1984
Bye, Bye Birdie 1985
Pajama Game 1986
Oliver! 1987
Whammy! 1988
Follies 1989
Guys and Dolls 1990
South Pacific 1991
Oklahoma! 1992
Evita 1993
Godspell 1994
The Most Happy Fella 1995
Tiananmen 1996
Into the Woods 1997
Anything Goes 1998
How To Succeed In Business ….. 1999
A Day In Hollywood 1999
Grease! 2000
Pirates of Penzance 2000
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown 2001
The Secret Garden  2001
The Pajama Game 2002
Songs For A New World 2002
Once On This Island 2003
Les Miserables 2003
Footloose 2004
 

 

   
 
                                               Contact RCP at   rcp@roslynschools.org
                                                                      Contact the Director at 
bfrey@roslynschools.org
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