My husband & I 'stumbled upon' the current production on the "Man of La Mancha," our most favorite musical, by chance at the Greenbrier Valley Theater; Lewisburg, WV.
We had our first opportunity to visit the Lewisburg, WV area, when deciding to attend this production of the "Man of La Mancha, the wkend of June 20 & 21, a four hrs drive from our home near Huntington, WV. To experience this musical at the Greenbrier Valley Theater was more that worth the long drive : )
From the moment we walked into the Greenbrier Valley Theater, we felt warmly greeted. The friendliness of all associated w/ this theater was a unique experience.
Who would ever expect "Broadway-like talent" in this small town of about 4, 000? This small theater, sitting in the semi-round (stadium seating - looking down, not looking up at the stage), with 'not a bad seat in the house,' unique experience, did not make you feel like you were just watching a remarkable musical, just an observing audience ....... with the closeness of the stage, one felt like member of the performing cast.
We can only say that "La Mancha" which is directed w/ such skill by Cathey Sawyer and the outstanding local talent, this production has surpassed any of our previous experience of "Man of La Mancha." (We have experienced this excellently written musical 40+ times : )
Kenneth Derby as Miguel de Cervantes/Alonso Quijana/Don Quixote, Kenny Wade Marshall as Sancho Panza, and Kim Morgan Dean as Aldonza/Ducinera including an incredible cast & crew (and props) under the direction of Ms Sawyer, has Broadway quality.
You will laugh, you will cry, you will be mesmerized!!
We say "Congratulations/Well done/BRAVO." Do not kick yourselves if you should miss this delightful, emotional musical at the Greenbrier Valley Theater (I believe that next wkend - June 25 - 28, are it's final performances.) DO NOT MISS IT!!