The Guild Hall Players will present the classic musical "Man of La Mancha" starting Thursday and running through Aug. 1, at St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas. Here's what you need to know:
1) The Tony award-winning musical tells the story of Miquel de Cervantes, author of the novel "Don Quixote." The musical is actually a play within a play in which Cervantes, a playwright prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, makes his defense by telling the captivating tale of the knight errant Don Quixote in his quest to right all wrongs in the service of the most beautiful woman in the world, Dulcinea.
2) The memorable score includes the song "The Impossible Dream." The Guild Hall production is the first in the Wichita area in a decade. Veteran director Phil Speary and Stan Rogers, director of Friends University ballet, are collaborating to produce the show.
3) A cast of more than 20 will include Michael Webber as Cervantes/Quixote, Kylie Jo Jennings as Aldonza/Dulcinea, and Kevin Sowers as Sancho Panza. Jeff Garriott is instrumental director and Matt Hanne is vocal director.
4) Since it was founded in 2006, the Guild Hall Players have presented musicals such as "Godspell," "Cotton Patch Gospel," "Pippin" and "Carousel."
Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through July 31, and 7 p.m. Aug. 1. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Reservations are suggested by calling 316-683-5686.