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    La Mancha Soars As Both Theater And Ministry

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    It takes dozens of people working toward a common purpose to put on a big musical like The Man of La Mancha.

    Maybe that’s what gives a theatrical production so much potential as a ministry. It inspires people, draws them outside of themselves and brings them together in a kind of communion.

    It helps, of course, when the story is about seeing the beauty in the essence of the other, as Don Quixote does with his lady. She may be the lowly Aldonza to everyone else, including herself, but to her knight she is the peerless Dulcinea. Nothing shakes his way of seeing her. And that is the essence of Christian seeing — how Christ sees each one of us and how we are called to see one another.

    Several Youth Apostles played their parts — Joey Clem as Don Quixote himself and Father Peter Nassetta, YA, (above, at left) as The Padre. Rob Tessier, coordinator of youth ministry at All Saints parish in Manassas, Va., directed the show, which ran July 18-22.

    The Man of La Mancha, This Week At All Saints

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    This Wednesday, July 18, the curtain goes up on The Man of La Mancha, Upper Room Theatre Ministries’ summer production at All Saints Catholic Church. Upper Room is the theatrical child of Rob Tessier, a YA Full Member and the coordinator of youth ministry at the Manassas, Virginia, parish. Their annual summer shows have become a tradition and this year’s musical, starring Joey Clem (pictured) as the great, delusional Spanish knight in a cast that includes his fellow Youth Apostle, Father Peter Nassetta, is their most ambitious yet in set, costumes, music and performance. Come see the incomparable Don Quixote de la Mancha pursue his peerless Dulcinea in this tale of beauty and seeing others as they really are!

    Tickets for the six shows are available by calling 703-393-2141 ext. 400. Adults $15; Seniors $12; Children under 18, $8. Showtimes: W/Th/F @ 7:30 p.m.; Saturday @ 2:00 and 7:30; Sunday @ 2:00. Visit the show’s Events page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/488422361184704/.

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