Castle Hill Players present Don Quixote

IN this their 60th year, Castle Hill Players will open their 2014 season with the comedy, Don Quixote, adapted by Larry Buttrose, at the Pavilion Theatre in Castle Hill.

The play follows the story of a man, Don Quixote, who lives for the lost act of chivalry.

Determined to right the world's wrongs and win the love of his fair maiden, Dulcinea, Don Quixote embarks on a knightly quest accompanied by his squire Sancho Panza.

Their journey takes them across Spain, where they encounter many characters both wicked and nice.

Director Jeremy Johnson said the Players' latest production was perfect for families.

"It's definitely a family show," Mr Johnson said.

"This story has something for everyone — laughter, tears, swordfights and philosophy.

"It appeals to every age, and everyone who's still young at heart."

Mr Johnson first heard Mr Buttrose's adaptation read at a play reading group.

"I immediately thought this was great play, it was something different and it would be great for the Castle Hill Players," he said. "It's a play that unleashes our imaginations and conviction."

Not only is the play funny, Mr Johnson said there are life lessons to be learnt.

"They say Don Quixote is mad but he sees the better in things and the better in people," he said.

"The lesson that we learn is — the world that you see is not often how it is."

Up to 12 actors with multiple roles will take to the stage in the upcoming production.

Don Quixote opens at the Pavilion Theatre on Friday and runs until February 15.

Performances are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8.15pm, and Sunday matinee at 4.30pm.

The Pavilion Theatre is located on Castle Hill Showground.

Entrance is now via Showground Road, at the new traffic lights.

Tickets: $26 or $21 concession.

■ Details: paviliontheatre.org.au or 9634 2929.

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