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‘Man of La Mancha’ on PAC stage
July 19, 2019

Sara Cronk
Correspondent

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The FungusAmongus Players of Dassel-Cokato will present the musical, “Man of La Mancha,” July 19-21 and July 26-28, in the Performing Arts Center at Dassel-Cokato High School

(More information on the performers was published in last week’s Enterprise Dispatch.)

The story

“Man of La Mancha” tells the story of the mad knight, Don Quixote. Framed by the story of the real-life author, Miguel de Cervantes, who has been arrested by the Spanish Inquisition and thrown in prison.

As Cervantes awaits trial, the show takes on a play-within-a-play structure as the prisoners put on the story of Don Quixote.

The performers

Jaclyn Thorston

Character: Antonia

Description: Antonia is Alonso Quijana’s niece. She seems sweet and caring (and maybe she is), but as most of us are, she is really only thinking of herself.

What is it about this character that you enjoy performing?

I enjoy playing this character because of the trio I get to sing with. I get to sing as loud and selfishly as I can, and no one tells me to tone it down.

I also like her story of redemption. She seems selfish, but by the end is swayed by her uncle’s optimism.

What do you like most about the production, and why?

I love working with all my talented castmates. The show is funny, sweet, a little dark, and endearing. It is just the perfect mix.

What has been the most challenging aspect of the show for you thus far?

The most challenging thing has been playing a selfish character in a likeable way. My nerves have been a bit of a challenge for me, but everyone in the show is so supportive and helpful.

It is just an amazing cast and I feel privileged to be a part of this show.

Name: Isaac Olson

Character: The Duke/Dr. Carrasco

Description: Antagonistic pomposity defined; logical, self-centered, skeptical of the arts, and always right, of course.

What is it about this character that you enjoy performing?

His frank, “rich dialogue.” The Duke has many lines written so the actor may relish the language, as unlikeable a character as he is. He’s much like Shakespeare’s villains in that regard.

What do you like most about the production, and why?

Being able to meet with a talented group of performers consisting of friends old and new to put on a show.

I greatly enjoy seeing what my fellow actors put into their roles and playing off such living characters.

What has been the most challenging aspect of the show for you thus far?

Some of the music is complex, but I enjoy it nonetheless.

Name: Gannon Miller

Character: The Barber

Description: A traveling barber who is robbed by Don Quixote.

What is it about this character that you enjoy performing?

I enjoy the rather carefree attitude. The Barber travels across the land without a care in the world.

What do you like most about the production, and why?

I like the scope of it. This show has such a fantastical element to it that draws me in. And I hope it draws in others, as well.

What has been the most challenging aspect of the show for you thus far?

The most challenging part is remembering everything you have to do. There’s a lot of moving parts, and everything needs to work perfectly.

‘Man of La Mancha’

Performances of “Man of La Mancha” will take place:

Friday, July 19; Saturday, July 20; Friday, July 26; and Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m.; and Sundays, July 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Dassel-Cokato High School, 4852 Reardon Ave. SW, Cokato.

General admission tickets are $18 in advance, and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at pac.dc.k12.mn.us, by visiting the DC Community Education office, or by calling community education at 320-286-4120.

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