Lincoln Academy and Heartwood Regional Theater Company will team up once more this fall to present a student musical for the school and greater community to enjoy. Man of La Mancha, the 1965 classic Broadway musical by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh won five Tony awards and continues to be popular around the world. The production is based on the 17th century novel Don Quixote and the life of its, Miguel de Cervantes. The infamous song “The Impossible Dream” is just one of the great musical aspects of the musical.

At the Poe Theater, a strong group of seniors will take on the challenging primary singing roles. Seniors include: Jonah Dauite (Don Quixote), May Halm (Aldonza), Kayleigh Tolley (Madre), and Rachael Schuster (Antonia and the Moorish Singer). They are joined by a number of performers most recently seen in last fall’s West Side Story and/or the LA winter one act play Blood Wedding. These include Andrew Lyndaker (Sancho), Marcus Russano (Captain of the Inquisition/Muleteer), John Henry Eddyblouin (The Duke/Carrasco), Camden LeBel (Fermina), and Honora Boothby (Moorish Girl). New to the fall musical collaboration are John Cook (Pedro/Governor), Margo Fairfield (Maria), Amelia Carlson (Moorish Girl), Aiden Jacobs (Anselmo) and Brennan Cruz, Vern Smith and Alex Marin (Muleteers). This enthusiastic group is already working hard on choreography and music learning.

Returning student production team members include Kai-Lin Shen (Light Design), Emily Harris (Stage Direction) and Sequoia Patton (Costume Design). New to the crew this year are Caeli Fletcher (Stage Manager) and Ryan Nailor (Sets and Lighting), with more students planning to jump into tech work as the season continues. Mr. Braley’s Production Class will play a strong role in creating the detailed sets required for the quick changes of setting in the play, as well as assist with props and lighting.

Adults involved with the production include Beth Preston (Vocal Coach), Michelle Bruckner (Choreography), Sean Fleming (Music), Heidi Kopishke and Rosemary Campbell (Costuming), and Griff Braley (Director). Sean Fleming will form an orchestra of adults and students, and Joy Braley will manage the box office and publicity.

Audiences should keep an eye on the calendar and reserve tickets early, as last year’s production sold out before opening night.

Performances are October 26, 27, 28 (matinee) and November 1,2, 3, 4 (matinee). For more info visit or contact