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Cassie Dunn, left, is Sancho Panza, while Aiden Meyer is Miguel de Cervantes in the upcoming BUHS Music Department production of “Man of La Mancha.”

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BUHS presents ‘Man of La Mancha’

The Thursday performance will begin at 4 p.m., and the Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7 p.m. All tickets for the Thursday matinee are $6. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances are $10 for general admission and $6 for senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased in the BUHS front office Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., or at the box office before each performance. For more information on tickets, call 802-451-3407 or visit buhs.wsesu.org.

BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department presents the musical, Man of La Mancha, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Feb. 15, 16, and 17, in the BUHS Auditorium.

Man of La Mancha, written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, tells the tale of failed playwright, poet, and tax collector Miguel de Cervantes.

While awaiting a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition, Cervantes presents a play as his defense in a mock trial for the prisoners. In it, he plays Alonso Quijana, a man who has set his own reality aside and becomes Don Quixote de La Mancha.

Assisted by his squire, Sancho Panza, Quixote attempts to avoid his mortal enemy, an evil magician called the Enchanter, and woo the serving wench and prostitute, Aldonza, whom he takes to be the lady Dulcinea.

The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Man of La Mancha has been revived four times on Broadway, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theater.

The BUHS production is directed by Robert Kramsky with Stephen Rice and Anthony Speranza as co-musical directors, Mary Linney as the costumer, Melanie Zinn as the choreographer, and Michelle Page as the producer.

The production features Aiden Meyer as Miguel de Cervantes, Cassie Dunn as Sancho Panza, and Amelia Graff as Aldonza.

Also featured are the members of the ensemble; Malcolm Toleno, Henry O’Connell, Mycroft Stone, Sarah Gorden-Macey, Hazel Kinnersley, Izabel Estrin, Joslynn Wright, Samantha Mills, and Frida Rosner.

The show’s orchestra is composed of BUHS students and local musicians; Payton Lawrence, Mya Petrie, Haley Kuralt, Jordan Roach, Rhys Glennon, Lilia Kocsis, Derrick Harnish, Elyse Wadsworth, Zola von Krusenstiern, Riley Goodemote, Ella Aquadro, Patty Meyer, Ari Essunfeld, and Sebastian Paquette.

Behind the scenes, many students are involved with creating costumes, running the sound board, and working as the backstage crew.

Crew members include Maia McNeill, Jenna Barry-Stoughton, Liam Kennedy, Gale Allen, Samantha Winter, Grellia Winter, Emilia Dick, Honnee McManus-Brock, Katherine Friesen, Katherine Taggard, Marielle Meyer, Marjorie Shriver, Olivia Howe, Pooja Meyer, and Zev Kazati-Morgan

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Tamara Stenn (Brattleboro, Vermont, US) says...

Thanks for writing this Elayne. I was thinking the same thing myself. The silence we received from the hospital is quite deafening. Unfortunately we\'ve had to continue working with the hospital as other (minor) heath issues come up.

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Excellent and informative writing about the media and about the state of our nation. We must support the press speak truth to power, now more than ever before.

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We are also obliged to criticize the press when they merely echo the lies of the powerful. In this case, much of the press has taken a side, not just against the policies of the President, but against the election itself on behalf of the parties of war and Wall St. Just as the US has in the past agitated in other countries for coups against democratic outcomes they don’t like, much of the press, including this editorial, is now agitating for a coup here at home.

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Nailed it - Thank you.

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TB Smith (Ba, Oklahoma, US) says...

The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

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So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

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TB Smith’s comment in apparent support of the us-vs-them tone of this editorial illustrates why so many people distrust so much of the press (although, again, it appears to be only pro-Trump and anti-imperialist outlets that are actually being shut down): They are promulgating hysterical claims about fascism, Russians, and “crackers” not in the interest of the people, but wholly on behalf of the neoliberal/neoconservative program of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama to deny Trump the Presidency and even remove him from office – not democratically, but by coup if necessary. That makes the press rather anti-democratic and, indeed, against the people.

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #445 (Wednesday, February 7, 2018). This story appeared on page B1.

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