Man of La Mancha
Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Man of La Mancha celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion.
mad Theatre of Tampa is excited to close out our 20th Anniversary Season with this classic musical under the direction of Melissa Doell. All performances are at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Shimberg Playhouse.
The celebrated score includes popular songs like: “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him,” “Little Bird,” and “To Each His Dulcinea.”
Written by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Original Production Staged
by Albert Marre
Originally Produced by
Albert W. Selden and Hal James
Direction by Melissa Doell
Rehearsal Music Direction by Sarah Tellier
Music Director – Show Conductor TBD
Monday, March 11th,
7:30 PM – 10 PM
Tuesday, March 12th
7:30 PM – 10 PM
Callbacks: Tuesday, March 19th
7 PM – 10 PM
June 6 – 23, 2019.
Thurs-Sat: 7:30 pm, Sun: 2 pm
Shimberg Playhouse @ The Straz Center for the Performing Arts
ALL ROLES WILL PLAY MULTIPLE CHARACTERS THROUGHOUT THE SHOW EXCEPT FOR CERVANTES, SANCHO AND ALDONZA.. ALL ACTORS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD.
Miguel de Cervantes
Charismatic and endearing man, actor, playwright, and would-be knight. He is a romantic – some say crazy – and has a vision of a far better and nobler world where knights and chivalry rule the day. He is both the narrator of the story and the main character in this play-within-a-play.
Servant to Quixote/Cervantes for many years and is devoted to him, even with all his idiosyncrasies.
A prisoner who plays a serving woman and part-time prostitute at the Inn, she is rough on the outside but has a gentle heart inside.
A prisoner who plays the kindly Innkeeper.
Captain of the Guard
An imposing, cruel man who runs the prison.
He is a fellow prisoner and sidekick to the Governor. However, when he plays Dr. Carrasco, he is Antonia’s fiancé. He loves money & prestige. He also plays the Knight of the Mirrors.
A large and powerful leader of the prisoners.
A prisoner who plays a kindly, sympathetic cleric.
A prisoner (comedic role), he is the traveling barber with the Golden Helmet.
A prisoner who plays Alonso Quijana’s (Quixote) self-centered niece and Dr. Carrasco’s fiancée.
A prisoner who plays the Innkeeper’s shrewish wife.
A prisoner who plays a jealous servant girl in the Inn.
A prisoner who plays Alonso Quijana’s strong housekeeper.
Prisoners who play the seven villainous mule drivers who visit the Inn, taunt and abduct Aldonza, and cause chaos for Quixote.
Note: All actors are unpaid volunteers. All actors must be at least 18 years old.
Auditions will take place in downtown Tampa. The specific address and time will be shared after your audition form has been received.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE AUDITION:
1. A resume or list of theatre experiences
2. A headshot photo is preferred, but we will also take a picture of you at the audition
3. Please prepare between 16 and 32 bars of sheet music in the correct key that showcases your voice. We strongly encourage you not to use a song from the show.
4. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST PROVIDE SHEET MUSIC. An accompanist will be provided. A CD/mp3 player will not be provided. Tracks and a cappella auditions are not allowed.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE AUDITION:
1. Please arrive early for your scheduled audition time.
2. We may also test your vocal range after your singing audition.
Note: Recorded audition submissions may be permitted if the actor is not available on either audition date. However, it is highly recommended that actors audition in person. Please complete the audition form, choose a date and then note that you are requesting a video audition. We will contact send you with confirmation, specific requirements and due dates.
Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, March 19th beginning promptly at 7:00 pm. If you are called back, you will be provided scene(s) and song(s) from the show that you will need to learn.
We may extend auditions to ensure we have the right set of actors. All auditionees will be notified of casting decisions as soon as possible.
Excessive rehearsal conflicts will make it difficult to cast you. New conflicts after being cast are problematic and must be limited to legitimate emergencies.
Rehearsals will begin on Monday, March 25th. A tentative rehearsal schedule is provided here and on the registration form. Please review in its entirety.
We look for proficient instrumentalists who are able to perform music at high level of difficulty with very little group rehearsal time. Each production has a little bit different orchestration, so each show’s music director assembles a new band for that production; that said, we love to work with mad Theatre veterans as well as newcomers! Our show band will gather to rehearse together only at the Sitzprobe and during tech week, but they will receive the music in advance to work it up on their own before the Sitzprobe. Auditions for instrumentalists are scheduled individually with the music director and/or members of the Board of Directors.
If you’re interested in joining the mad Theatre family as an instrumentalist, or for more information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org; we’d love to hear from you!