Directed by Anna Giza*
Music Direction by Steven D. Cirillo*
Stage Manager:  Barbara LaValley
( *scroll down for Directors bios )

MAN OF LA MANCHA is a remarkable show and one of the great theatre successes of our time. This is a play-within-a-play, based on Cervantes’ “Don Quixote.” We have a poignant story of a dying old man whose impossible dream takes over his mind. It’s All the Same, Dulcinea, I’m Only Thinking of Him, The Impossible Dream, I Really Like Him and Little Bird remain in your thoughts and in your soul well after you see the show.

His dream is Everyman’s dream. His tilting at windmills is Everyman’s great adventure. Somehow, the footlights disappear, time is telescoped and the “Man of La Mancha” speaks for humankind.

The Directors:

*ANNA GIZA has a degree in Communications and Theater from the University of Hartford where she also studied at the Hartt College of Music.  She has worked with theater groups throughout Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.  Some of the productions Anna has either directed or directed and choreographed include "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Mame," "Brigadoon," "Meet Me In St. Louis," "No, No, Nanette," "Guys and Dolls," and "Sweeney Todd."

As a performer, she has played numerous leading roles in musicals such as Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady," Sarah Brown in "Guys and Dolls," Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific," Nanette in "No, No, Nanette," Amalia in "She Loves Me," Reno Sweeney in "Anything Goes," and Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!"  Anna received the 2013 Best Actress in a Musical Award from the Mass. Critics Circle for her portrayal of Norma Desmond in the Hampden Theater Guild's production of "Sunset Boulevard."

In her position as Promotion and Public Service Director at WWLP-22News and the CW Springfield, she has received numerous local, regional and national awards for programs, promos and public service announcements that she has written and produced. 

Anna is also the music director for St. Michael's Church in East Longmeadow, MA.

*STEVEN D. CIRILLO received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied with such international artists as Frank Glazer, Eugene List, Anna Kaskas, Brooks Smith, and Edwin MacArthur. Prior to his working in the Broadway community as a vocal coach, he had been musical director/arranger for over 20 local musical productions. In 1991, he was commissioned to write the anthem for the Basketball Hall Of Fame Centennial Gala, which was recorded and broadcast nationally over the Cable Television Network.

For the past 16 years, he has been one of the busiest and most popular vocal coaches in NYC. His clients have appeared in many Broadway musicals, national tours, regional productions, and network television shows.

He has been a frequent musical director and arranger for cabaret shows, and also conducts musical theatre audition workshops, seminars, and performance master classes. Focusing on the acting of audition material and choice of repertoire, many of his clients made their Broadway debut every year. Now he has returned to help the Opera House Players with their productions of She Loves Me and Man of La Mancha!

November 2015
13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
Fridays and Saturdays  8pm
Sundays  2pm

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

is presented by arrangement with
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Esta Fuego Singer/Fermina/Moorish Dancer #1          Madeline Lukomski

Esta Fuego Dancer/Moorish Dancer #2                                  Tina Sparkle

Captain of the Inquisition/Padre                                                Jim Metzler

Manservant/Sancho Panza                                                       Carl Calhoun

Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote/Alonso Quijana                 John Baran

Governor/Innkeeper                                                               Brad Shepard

Duke/Dr. Carrasco                                                                 Thomas Schutz

Aldonza/Dulcinea                                                                        Erica Romeo

Maria/Housekeeper                                                                 Reva Kleppel

Antonia                                                                                        Mary McCue

Pedro/Esta Fuego Dancer/Moor/Inquisitor                                 Rodney K

Barber/Muleteer                                                                      Robert Marche

Muleteer/Soldier/Moor                                                          Joshua Prouser

Muleteer/Soldier                                                                  Harry Evangeliou

Muleteer/Moor                                                                      Matthew O'Reilly

Prisoner                                                                                Sudie Evangeliou
photography by: Emma Connell