The Scogin Family of Orangefield has made their association with the Orange Community Players a family affair. Last year, Alina made an auspicious OCP debut in a leading role when she played Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank. Her brother, Spencer, and mother, Suleika, were vital backstage workers in support of that production. All three are now set to appear on stage together in OCP’s long-awaited Man of La Mancha, which opens Thursday May 1st at the Playhouse, 709 W. Division in Orange. Even Dad, Ricky, does his part. It is families like the Scogins that make Orange Community Players the successful organization it is. With only a casual glance at the cast members one may not realize it, but the Al Vasquez family has four members in the cast, when niece, Megan Smith is added in. There are also two Taliaferros, two Pattillos, and two Rogers. Remarkably, five families provide over half the cast for this production.

Man of La Mancha, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth century masterpiece, Don Quixote, will be performed May 1-3 and May 8-10, at 7:37 the Orange Community Playhouse, 709 W. Division St. The musical is directed by Donna Rogers who will also play Aldonza. Assistant Director is Codie Vasquez. The production stars OCP veteran Doug Rogers as Don Quixote, and features Kevin Doss as “Sancho Panza,” Quixote’s comedic sidekick. Other principal roles are played by Tom Taliaferro, Al Vasquez, Brad Huckabay, Earl Geis, Leslie Hicks, Eastwood Almazan, Suleika Scogin, Jennifer Taliaferro, Jona Gilchrist, John Hall, and Tony Pattillo. Other roles are played by Rico Vasquez, Spencer Scogin, Colby Nations, Wyatt Plunkett, Allie Slaten, Bridget Pattillo, Caroline Armstrong, Megan Smith, Ariel Killian, Amy Myers, and Alina Scogin. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for students. For reservations, call 882-9137.

The Orange Community Players have had a limited season in 2007-08 because of extensive renovations to the facility. In fact, this production of Man of La Mancha represents the first theatrical effort for OCP in almost one year. The west half of the building was totally demolished and a new and slightly larger edifice was built. The new facility houses the redesigned entrance, much larger lobby, sparkling new restrooms, and warehouse for sets and properties storage. The new and beautiful front façade of the building is nearing completion and includes a ramp for handicapped patrons.

Man of La Mancha is a musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. It is adapted from Wasserman’s non-musical 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote, which was in turn inspired by Cervantes’ Don Quixote. It 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 ran for 2,329 performances and won five Tony Awards, and the musical has been revived numerous times, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre. Memorable songs are “Dulcinea”, “I’m Only Thinking of Him”, “I Really Like Him”, “What Does He Want of Me?”, “Little Bird”, “To Each His Dulcinea”, and “A Little Gossip”. Of course, the show’s greatest song is “The Impossible Dream”, which became a standard. While the OCP production will be “Family Fare”, there are some scenes which may be unsuitable for small children. Man of La Mancha will play Thursday through Saturday, May 1-3 and again May 8-10 at 7:37 p.m. Call 882-9137 for reservations.

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