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June 24, 2014

Allied Arts’ Sunday Artists program kicks off

MILLEDGEVILLE — “Thou Golden Helmet of Mambrino, with so illustrious a past, Too long hast thou been lost to glory, th’art rediscovered now at last!”

Ah, it is truly a happy Don Quixote when he discovers the long lost Golden Helmet of Mambrino.  Even if he comes upon it in a rather roundabout manner.

Rehearsals are underway for the next musical planned by the Milledgeville Players, “Man of La Mancha.”   Performance dates will be Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 7-10, in Russell Auditorium.

Don Quixote will start his quest at 8 p.m. on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday dates, while he will have to start answering charges of the Inquisition at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

I know those dates are still a bit in advance, but things have a tendency to sneak up on people, so mark those calendars now.

As I mentioned, rehearsals have started, BUT director David Wells could still use a few more males to fill in some of the Muleteers.  

Now if you look at the definition of a muleteer, you will come up with something along the lines of a “driver of pack animals.” In English, the word was often translated into muleskinner.

That term, by the way, refers to someone who can “skin” or outsmart a mule, an animal that is often considered stubborn but is actually quite smart. So you have to be smart to “train” a mule. It has nothing to do with literally removing a mule’s skin.

Sometimes the educational trivia just flows like cheap wine in this column! But now back to our story.

In “Man of La Mancha,” the muleteers are drinking at the inn visited by Don Quixote and his servant, Sancho Panza.  They are drinking heavily and are quite infatuated with the beautiful Aldonza, who is a serving woman at the inn. They are also quite amused by the antics of Don Quixote.

The Muleteers are very important to the play and they work primarily as a group. In other words, each has a few lines but the singing is typically as a chorus.

If you have wondered about being part of a summer musical but have been somewhat hesitant for whatever reason, this could be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. You would have a good amount of stage time, a few lines, would do some singing but not have to worry about solos.

If you are interested in being a Muleteer or would just like some more information, please contact David Wells directly at dawells@windstream.net.

OK, let me switch gears (sort of like Cervantes does in “Man of La Mancha” where he switches back and forth between himself and his “character” of Don Quixote) and fill you in on a new monthly event planned by the folks at Allied Arts.

“Sunday Artists” is scheduled for the first Sunday of each of the upcoming three months. The program is designed to give area artists the opportunity to practice in their preferred medium, share their techniques, and learn from others.

Sort of a Sunday art co-op!

The first one is scheduled for next Sunday, July 6. Artist Dana Wiggins will facilitate this gathering. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to participate, and Dana notes that they can work in watercolor or acrylic paints, draw with charcoal, graphite or colored pencils.

In other words, if you can find it in an art supply area of a store, bring it along!

This event takes place at Allen’s Market from 2 to 4 p.m. There is a $10 registration fee and folks are encouraged to “pre-register.” You can get more information by giving a call to Allied Arts at 478-452-3950.

So if you are into painting and drawing, here is a great opportunity.     

And make those plans now for seeing the Milledgeville Players production of “Man of La Mancha” later in August. Advance tickets will soon be available at www.milledgevilleplayers.org.

Our opening lyrics deal with an encounter Don Quixote has with a barber. The barber often wears his shaving basin on his head to protect him from the rays of the sun.     

Of course, Quixote sees the shaving basin as something completely different. He sees it as the Golden Helmet of Mambrino, which when worn by one of noble hearts, renders him invulnerable to all wounds!

The barber protests, but to little avail. After all, Don Quixote is steadfast, sure in his devotion, and believes in his cause of being the noblest of knights. Plus he has one heavy armor-clad foot holding the barber down.

“Thou Golden Helmet of Mambrino, thy deeds the world will not forget, Now Don Quixote de La Mancha will bring thee greater glory yet!”

Catch you on the flip side.

Tom Toney can be reached at ttoney@unionrecorder.com.

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