St Marys Little Theatre Premiers Musical

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St. Marys Little Theatre is getting ready for the premier of its first production – the musical Man of La Mancha.

Tickets for St. Marys Little Theatre’s premiere production, Man of La Mancha, are going fast as area residents get into the spirit of one of the nation’s most endearing musicals. According to Barbara Ryan, St. Marys Little Theatre chair and producer/director of the play, two of the showings are already sold out.

“We offered Fernandina residents a special ferry and dinner package that has proven to be very popular,” said Ryan. “Eighty Floridians will be coming over to St. Marys to dine and shop before the September 17th performance, and the remaining 40 seats for that evening were snapped up the first day of ticket sales.”

Ryan said that the Sunday (September 18) afternoon matinee has also proven popular and was virtually sold out at press time.

Man of La Mancha will be performed at the Theatre by the Trax which is the old St. Marys railroad building that (saved from demolition) has been transformed into a community theater.

Man of La Mancha

Don Quixote, played by Bill Raser, takes to his bed after a showdown with the Great Enchanter.

Diana Ewen, Stage Manager for the production, said that the play is an ambitious undertaking but one that is sure to resonate with people of all ages.

“Man of La Mancha is inspiring. It’s funny. And the music is spectacular,” Ewen said, “which is one of the reasons that the show earned the coveted ‘Best Musical’ Tony award on Broadway.

“I believe people will be stunned by the amazing voices that comprise the cast of La Mancha,” Ewen continued. “The show is an extraordinary combination of drama, fantasy, romance, and fun.”

Special dinners created in tribute to Man of La Mancha and its setting in Spain are being offered by local restaurants during the two weeks of the show. In keeping with the spirit of the show, citizens are asked to report incidences of kindness, valor, or nobility to the local press .

Man of La Mancha Performances are:

Friday, September 9 at 7 pm
Saturday, September 10 at 7 pm
Friday, September 16 at 7 pm
Saturday, September 17 at 7 pm
Sunday, September 18 at 2 pm
Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Road, St. Marys

Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at St. Marys Welcome Center, 111 Osborne Street in St. Marys or at Books Plus in Fernandina Beach.

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