The Tipperary Musical Society is delighted to announce Dale Wasserman’s musical masterpiece “Man of La Mancha” as their production for 2012. It really needs very little introduction as it has been revived on Broadway on four separate occasions and won an impressive five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. However, its selection has never been more appropriate in view of our present turbulent times.
It involves a play within a play, based on an impoverished storyteller named Miguel Cervantes who is thrown into a dungeon during the Spanish Inquisition, in the late 1500’s. Fearing for his life and possessions (namely his unfinished novel), he attempts to distract his fellow inmates by reenacting the story of Don Quixote. This story documents the quest of Quixote (a naive knight prone to hallucinations) and his ever patient side-kick Sancho Panza who take to the road in a campaign to restore the age of chivalry, to battle evil and right all wrongs. It involves a mission of salvation to find compassion not for himself, but for all of mankind.
As a show, it poses many difficult questions. Is it crazy to see only the best in others or (as its musical numbers suggest) “to dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to right the unrightable wrong, to fight for the right without question or pause?” As we find ourselves today in the midst of economic turmoil, where we complain about losing our identity, of being mere cogs and numbers in the midst of a frustrating world, perhaps idealism or a passion such as Quixote’s has never been more welcome. As such, we have chosen to perform a show that we believe will touch a chord with every person as they journey through life on their own personal quest to “reach the unreachable stars”.
Tipperary Musical Society look forward to sharing this remarkable show with you, as we set on our own quest of reenacting one of the great theatre successes of our time. We would encourage anyone who is interested in threading the boards to contact us Facebook “Tipperary Musical Society” or by contacting Tipperarymusicalsociety@gmail.com. We can promise you will be welcomed with open arms.
Furthermore, we would like to congratulate Noel Green on his selection as chairperson of the TMS Committee and wish the best of luck to our new 2012 Committee which was recently elected during a very positive AGM. Finally we would like to take this opportunity to extent a huge TMS congratulations to Diarmuid Vaughan from St Mary’s Choral Society and Erica Flanagan from Nenagh Musical Society. Diarmuid recently won the “Best Actor” award at the Amateur International Musical Awards in Killarney for his role as Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar” (we have on occasion had the privilege of borrowing Diarmuid to play roles such as the comic candlestick Lumiére, or this years ultra suave Macauley Connor). Erica won “Best Female Vocalist” in her role as Katisha in Nenagh’s “Hot Mikado”. With accolades of this magnitude being recognized at a national level few could deny that musical theatre is going from strength to strength within the premiere county - long may it continue!