Two award winning actors head the cast of the Geneva Theatre Guild's upcoming production, Man of La Mancha, July 16, 17 and 18 at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva.
Appearing as Don Quixote is Charles King, of Geneva. King received Theatre Association of New York State Excellence in Acting Awards for his work last year as El Gallo in The Fantasticks and Uncle Louie in Lost in Yonkers. He reprised his Uncle Louie role at the 2003 State Theatre Festival. King has extensive stage experience and is the author the children's book, The Amazing Adventures of Joey and Joy.
Pat Fegley, Seneca Falls, appears as Sancho Panza, the loyal and faithful servant. Fegley recently received acting honors from TANYS for his performance as Chris in All My Sons. His stage experience includes roles in Cabaret, Copacabana, Godspell, Moon Over Buffalo and the Guild's On The Twentieth Century. Aldonza, Don Quixote's love whom he dubs Dulcinea, is played by Sara Lawler of Geneva. Lawler, has appeared in numerous Geneva High School productions and was in the Guild's Side by Side by Sondheim.
Well know area actors John King, Waterloo, and Karl Nies, Seneca Falls, appear as the Barber and Governor/Innkeeper. LeEarl Baker, Farmington, is the Captain of the Inquisition; Robert Dumas, Penn Yan, the Padre and William Stobie, Phelps, is Pedro. Genevan Tim Whitwood '98 plays the Duke/Dr. Carraso and Knight of the Mirrors. Appearing in featured female roles are Genevans Emily McAdoo, as the innkeeper's wife, Maria, and Erika King (assistant professor of math), as the housekeeper. Jennifer Walczak, Bluff Point, is Antonia. Playing the rowdy muleteers that Don Quixote encounters at the inn, are Robert Stobie, Phelps; Jason Riley and Ryan Bacher, Penn Yan; Jeffery Boyd, Bellona; Greg Chrysler, Fairport; and Justin Straight, Romulus.
Dancers in Man of LaMancha are Lisa DelVecchio, Waterloo; Laura Baker, Farmington; Kaitlon Jensen, Phelps, and Laura Black, Penn Yan. Black was a TANYS award recipient for her singing in The Fantasticks. Bridget Saracino and Katherine Duprey, Phelps, and Mariah Ernhout, Middlesex, appear as prisoners. Man of La Mancha is directed by Steven Duprey, who directed last year's award winning A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Instrument Music Director is Christine Sauter with Troy Slocum as Vocal Music Director. Slocum was honored by the Theatre Association of New York State for his work as Assistant Music Director for Forum. The production stage manager is Christina Nardozzi, Geneva. Costuming will be by the Guild's award winning costumer, Carol Spangenberg, Geneva, and choreography is by April Pettingill, Waterloo.
Curtain times for Man of La Mancha are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 18. A dinner and theatre package will be offered Friday and Saturday at the Ramada's Pier House Restaurant. (Contact the restaurant for reservations.) General admission is $12 for adults; $10 for students and senior citizens and $8 for children under 12. Tickets are available in down town Geneva at the Smith Opera House, Don's Own Flowers, Area Records and Martin Music, at the UPS Store on Hamilton St., and in Seneca Falls at The Copy Shop. For more information on Man of La Mancha visit the Guild's Web site at www.gtglive. org or call 789-8985.