Celebrating a season entitled “From Page to Stage” and inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th century masterpiece Don Quixote, Bergen County Players (BCP) opens its 81st season with the Tony Award-winning musical Man of La Mancha.
Performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell from September 14 through October 12, the evening performances will begin at 8 pm while the Sunday matinee curtain will be raised at 2 pm. The one exception will be opening night, September 14th, at which the curtain will rise at 8:30 pm in deference to Yom Kippur. Tickets can be purchased online
at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours.
With a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh, Man of La Mancha tells the story of the “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.
The original 1965 Broadway production enjoyed a six year run and starred Richard Kiley, who won one of the show’s five Tony Awards. It also won for best musical and best direction of a musical as well as for score and both scenic and costume design. Considered one of the most enduring works of musical theatre, the show has since been
revived four times on Broadway, most recently in 2003 with Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Man of La Mancha is directed by long-time BCP member Jacqueline McElroy- Poquette of Westwood, who has directed over 30 plays. The most recent include two NJACT Perry Award-nominated productions, The Melody Lingers On and Follies in Concert, and the Perry Award-winning The Beauty Queen of Leenane.
When McElroy-Poquette was a school teacher, the centerpiece of the graduation ceremony every year was the singing of “The Impossible Dream,” the fabulous anthem from the production and one of the most recognizable songs in the history of musical theatre. To this day, she can hear the sobs it invoked from students, parents and teachers, and thus her goal in presenting the show for the Bergen County Players is to recreate that moving experience. According to McElroy-Poquette, “Don Quixote is one of the greatest characters ever created – pure and gentle with great innocence. His quest is at once sad and funny and incredibly inspiring.”
The music is under the direction of Steve Bell of Teaneck, who has been the musical director for many BCP shows including last season’s exciting productions of Beehive and The Sing-Along Sound of Music.
The talented cast of Man of La Mancha includes: Brad Baron as Don
Quixote (Glen Rock), Nina Lionetti as Aldonza (Westwood), Bill Kaufman
as Sancho (Paterson), Brian James Grace as the Padre (Clifton), Neil
Kahn as the Duke/Dr. Carrasco (Maywood), Kenneth Fodor as the
Governor/Innkeeper (Westwood), Jim Kelly as the Barber (Park Ridge),
Rosella DeVincenzo as the Innkeeper’s Wife (Oradell), Elisabeth
Erdmann as Antonia (Nutley), Shari Mendelson as the Housekeeper (Fort
Lee), David Luke as Captain of the Guard (Washington Township), Dan
Giordano as Pedro/Muleteer (Leonia), Christian Spinella as
Guitarist/Muleteer (East Rutherford), Charles Gerard Timm as
Rodrigo/Muleteer (Clifton), Andrew Guiterrez as Juan/Muleteer (River
Edge), Robert G. Ouellette as Paco/Muleteer (Westwood), Jill Eras as
Moorish Dancer (Wyckoff), Jim Espaillat as Anselmo/Muleteer (Bogota),
and John Michael Villa as Jose/Muleteer (Franklin Lakes).
Please note that the show includes mature subject matter.
• All performances for Man of La Mancha take place at The Little
Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the
Bergen County Players since 1949. Performance times are Fridays and
Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm, with the exception of
Saturday, September 14th, which begins at 8:30 pm.
• Tickets for Man of La Mancha are $22 for all performances, and can
be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or
by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during
regular box office hours. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are
• Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can call (201)
• As it has for the past few seasons, BCP will continue to offer a
“Questions & Artists” (Q&A) discussion following select performances.
The Man of La Mancha Q&A will kick off immediately following the
September 20, 2013 performance. Admission is included in the cost of
• Discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are
available for $14 by phone or walk-up only.
• Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street,
one-half block north of the theater.
Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small
community theater when it was founded in 1932; today, nearly 300
volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine
productions presented each season.
Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.
Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-equity, non-profit community
theater company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the
enrichment of the community.