Forest Theater Guild and Paraphrase Productions Partnering Again to Present: Pippin and Man of La Mancha!

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PIPPIN

July 21, 23

AT THE OUTDOOR FOREST THEATER

DIRECTED BY PAUL DAVIS

Synopsis

As told by a traveling troupe of actors led by the cunning and charming Leading Player, Pippin is the story of a young prince, heir to the throne, who is searching for his own “corner of the sky.” Pippin returns from university certain that he will find a fulfilling purpose in life. As encouraged by the Leading Player, Pippin dabbles in bloody battle, licentious and lusty sexual entanglements, and saavy political maneuvers, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than he thought. With infectious tunes by Stephen Schwartz and classic choreography from Bob Fosse, Pippin is both a humorous allegory about growing up and a dark tale of the danger of false appearances and empty promises.

Click here to purchase tickets for PIPPIN:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2906562

 

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MAN OF LA MANCHA

July 20, 22

AT THE OUTDOOR FOREST THEATER

DIRECTED BY ANDREW MARDERIAN

Synopsis

Based on The Adventures of Don Quixote, by Miguel the Cervantes y Saavedra, Man of La Mancha is a comic tragedy of mankind’s struggle to better both himself and the world in which he lives. When Cervantes started writing he intended a satirical burlesque of the then fashionable novels of chivalry; gradually the author’s sympathies changed, ad the novel developed into a deeper, broader and more compassionate account of the adventures of and eccentric idealist in a hostile, greedy and cynical world, which leads the reader to the conclusion that if Don (Quixote is a fool it is because the world does not live up to his ideals. This feeling is perfectly reflected in this beautiful musical version of the story.

As with all the best allegorical tales, the oppressive mood of the fight against eternal evil is heightened by the sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic attempts of the hero to right all the wrongs of the world, and although his efforts at times seem puny and pathetic, the audience is left in no doubt as to the purity of intent that he instils into his self-imposed crusade.

At times both inspiring and thought provoking, the story is both very entertaining and very moving, and will warm the heart of everyone whose spirits were ever raised by the prospect of a victory by the underdog against all the odds.

The score is a musical delight, and contains one of the most moving moments in musical theatre as Don Quixote relates his personal credo in “The Impossible Dream”.

Click here to purchase tickets for MAN OF LA MANCHA:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2908841

 

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