LU Uses Theatre To Connect With Oxford Residents

By Alexander Oates

The Broadway musical Man of La Mancha, put on by the Lincoln Community Players run by Dr. Kirsten C. Kunkle and Dr. Christine Limb, ran from Nov. 9-11 . Students of the university and the surrounding community of Oxford were invited to the Ware Center Theatre located on Lincoln University’s campus to witness the critically acclaimed piece.
Limb, the conductor and music director of the play said “We chose Man of La Mancha because of its beautiful and timeless music.”

Man of La Mancha is a the tale of a man who is arrested for his offensive play writes and conducts a play with fellow prisoners while trying to save a mysterious manuscript.

The classic play was created by Dale Wasserman and first performed on Broadway in 1965. As a musical it won 5 Tony awards including Best Musical. It also ran for 2,328 performances. The Impossible Dream is the plays signature song.

The play had strong involvement from students and professors and made up a large portion of the main cast. The play was also a major benefit for performing arts majors. The project offered them class credits and experience; they also had the chance meet people in the Oxford area.

This was the first play production conducted by the Performing Arts Department. The play was also accompanied by a professional pit orchestra as well as singers that consisted of students and professors.

Dr. Kunkle, the director and vocal coach for the play said, “The turnout was great and I hope to work on many other projects.”

Dr. Kunkle is responsible for two operas previously held on campus, Treemonisha and Hansel and Gretel.

The next play that is currently in production is Kismet. The play will premiere in the International Cultural Center during the spring semester.

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