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Cuesta production ‘Man of La Mancha’ to compete for national awards 

Cuesta College San Luis Obispo Campus.

–Cuesta College’s award-winning Theatre Arts Department is once again gearing up to compete on the national stage. The production of Man of La Mancha, first debuting at Cuesta College in October of 2017, was chosen from among hundreds of schools to compete at the 2018 Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Mesa, AZ, February 19-23. Cuesta College is one of six colleges featured at KCACTF this year; this is the third Cuesta College Theatre Department production to compete at the annual KCACTF in the past five years.

Prior to the competition, the public can catch a showing of Man of La Mancha as the cast and crew will reprise the production during the following dates and times in the Cuesta College Performing Arts Center’s Experimental Theater:

  • Friday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 4, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 10, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11, 2:00 p.m.


Set during the Spanish Inquisition and based on the 17th-century novel Don Quixote, the college’s theatre arts students perform the poignant and rousing musical within the confines of a prison. The production also includes a gypsy/flamenco quintet of professional musicians.

“Man of La Mancha tells the romantic journey of a knight who sets out to right all wrongs and win the heart of the woman he loves,” said Director and Cuesta College Performing Arts Instructor Bree Yalle. “The show is filled with soaring music, romance, fantasy, and heartfelt gallantry.”

For questions about the college’s Theatre Arts Department, please call (805) 546-3201. For more information on the KCACTF Regional Festival 2018, visit their website. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at or reserved by calling (805) 546-3198. All proceeds support student travel expenses to the KCACTF competition.



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