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BPC’s Man of La Mancha, Part 4
By Juanita Kissell
Special to BPC News & Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—The following profiles are fifth in a series of releases by Brewton-Parker College’s theater department, which will perform Man of La Mancha, a musical comedy, April 19-21 at Southeastern Technical College’s Toombs Auditorium.
Callie Bynum, "Aldonza"
Callie Bynum as ‘Aldonza’
Name: Callie Bynum
Year in college: Junior
Major: Communication, with a minor in psychology
Hometown: Guntersville, Ala.
Plans for future/career: International Missions for two years, then law school
Dream job: Singer
Organizations/Activities: BPC Volleyball, FCA Leadership Team
Favorite leisure activities: Running, hiking
Previous theater experience: My Fair Lady (Spring 2003), Bye, Bye Birdie (Spring 2004), Little Shop of Horrors (Spring 2006)
Bynum plays the character of Aldonza, or Quixote’s love interest, Dulcinea. Bynum has a good understanding of her character and offers and in-depth description of Aldonza’s psyche:
“Aldonza is basically the prostitute of the group; all she’s ever known is people using her. She is always on the defense, always protecting herself and her emotions. She trusts no one,” says Bynum. “Over the years, she’s become so bitter that she refuses to let anyone into her life or touch her heart. Though she hated Quixote at first, convinced that he wanted only to use her like everyone else, she begins to believe Quixote.”
Bynum likes playing Aldonza because she gets to “have a lot of attitude.”
Corrine Bird, "Antonia"
Corinne Bird as ‘Antonia’
Name: Corinne Bird
Year in college: “Fourth but not final”
Major: Communication, minor in psychology
Hometown: Essex, England
Plans for future/career: “I want to blissfully and with great joy, float around the earth, dreaming big and living a completely unordinary, fascinating, Christ-centered life.”
Dream job: Actress or professional photographer
Organizations/Activities: LIFE Ministries, Yearbook photographer, Glimpses of Truth, Star time, drama activities
Favorite leisure activities: “Project Mayhem” nights, deep talks, road trips, reading, living every day to its fullest.
Previous theater experience: Reader’s Theatre: A Night with Thurber & Durang (2004), Into the Woods (2005), Fools (2005), Commedia del Morte (2006), and “Collide”, a short film (2006), as well as various community theatre and high school drama program productions prior to her college drama career.
Bird plays the role of Antonia, Quixote’s niece who is engaged to Dr. Carrasco. Bird says that Antonia is very persuasive and her favorite part of playing this character is that Antonia, “gets to sing a fairly sarcastic song about her ‘deep’ concern for her uncle, even though she has ulterior motives.”
Bird is most challenged by “making sure I can portray a woman in a period piece. A woman in 1800s Spain carries herself extraordinarily different from a 21st century American woman.”