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Countdown to Man of La Mancha
Musical opens April 19 at STC Toombs Auditorium
|The cast of BPC’s Man of La Mancha rehearses in costume in Gates Hall on the Mount Vernon campus. Opening night is Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at STC’s Toombs Auditorium. Pictured from left are BPC students Corinne Bird, Caleb Harrison, Callie Bynum and Kolby DePratter, Vidalia High School senior Alex Suastegui and BPC student Paul Taylor. (Photo by Juanita Kissell)
MOUNT VERNON—The Brewton Parker College (BPC) Theater Department has been working feverishly over the past few months to put together its spring musical Man of La Mancha, according to Juanita Kissell, the musical’s press coordinator and director of counseling services at BPC.
Students from Brewton-Parker and Montgomery County High School have spent countless hours and long nights rehearsing and improvising, designing and building sets and sewing costumes to make the evening a musical success.
“They are now down to the final moments of preparation and are eagerly – and perhaps a bit apprehensively – awaiting opening night,” said Kissell.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Southeastern Technical College’s Toombs Auditorium in Vidalia Thursday, April 19 through Saturday, April 21. General admission is $8 and free for those who present a valid BPC ID.
Kissell adds that for a few of the cast members, this performance will be their theatrical debut – either at the college level or first time altogether. For director Rachel Jones, this is a chance to direct a play that had a powerful impact on her at a young age.
“I considered which play I wanted to do, but only one really had my heart,” said Jones of Man of La Mancha. “(It) is a story of redemption and faith that inspires hope in the viewer. Through faith and courage, the unredeemable is redeemed.”
Jones is a teacher at Montgomery County High School and is a 1998 BPC graduate.