Bethel College Presents Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha, the enchanting musical by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh, and Joe Darion will be performed by the Bethel College music and theatre arts departments on April 1, 2, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

The setting of the play is a prison where Don Miguel de Cervantes and his servant wait to answer charges from the Spanish Inquisition.  Cervantes also has to face the court of his fellow prisoners and they are about to destroy his precious manuscript of Don Quixote when he pleads a chance to make his defense.  This is granted and he does so in a "charade" or "entertainment," enlisting some of the prisoners to help him.

What results is one of the most endearing and memorable contributions to the American musical theatre.  Don Quixote's fight with the windmill, his battle with the muleteers, and his devotion to the lady Dulcinea, who is really the kitchen maid Aldonza, are enhanced by such classic tunes as "The Impossible Dream," "Dulcinea," "The Golden Helmet of Manbrino," and many others.

Greg Grobis, a senior vocal performance and church music major from LaGrange, Indiana, will play Cervantes/Don Quixote while his servant Sancho will be played by Joel Kern, a sophomore from Goshen, Indiana.  Amber Beamer, a senior from Osceola, Indiana plays the demanding role of Aldonza.

Tickets for the production go on sale Monday, February 21, at 1 p.m. at the Everest-Rohrer ticket office.  Prices are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, students and groups of 15 or more.  The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m.  All seats are reserved.  Reservations can be made by calling 574-257-7633.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of 1,964 includes students from 34 states, 19 countries, more than 20 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. The Bethel campus is situated on 75 beautifully wooded acres in Mishawaka, Indiana.