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Vpstart Crow The Wonderful Adventures of Don Quixote

By • Jul 18th, 2007 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of the Vpstart Crow production of The Wonderful Adventures of Don Quixote [MP3 5:58 1.7M].

Laura: Sunday afternoon we saw Vpstart Crow‘s production of The Wonderful Adventures of Don Quixote in Manassas, Virginia.

Mike: The Wonderful Adventures of Don Quixote is a play by Conrad Seiler. It’s based on Servante’s novel Don Quixote de la Mancha. It’s the story of an older gentleman who is delusional. He thinks he is a on a quest to save his lady Dulcinea. He takes along his squire, a villager named Sancho Panza. As they travel across the countryside they encounter many different wizards and giants and have many adventures. The show is very family friendly, kids will love it. It’s very colorful and pretty easy to follow what’s going on. It’s pretty funny at some parts, too.

Laura: This was a really cute show as Mike said. Definitely family friendly. Lots of bright colors. Big over the top type actions. The sword fight sequence was very well done. Everybody on stage looked like they were having a good time and that carried through to the audience. It was really a cute show.

Mike: The show had a nice pace to it. There were several scenes when Don Quixote was seeing something very different from what his squire, Sancho Panza was seeing. That confusion between them was pretty well done. Sancho had both the confusion and then the, “Well, it must be my fault because I don’t see what you’re seeing.” I really liked the characterization. The whole show moved along pretty well.

Laura: Don Quixote de la Mancha was played by David Berkenbilt. He did a very good job. He was definitely very sure of himself. He was right and everybody else was wrong. The scenes that he had with the Squire were quite funny. One of the really funny scenes was when he was going to take on the windmill. Everybody knew it was a windmill. He was convinced it was a giant and was going to go take care of it. That scene was just really funny. He was so believable.

Mike: Antonia, Don Quixote’s niece was played by Michael Izquieta. She opened the show basically with telling us what the basic problem was: Don Quixote wanted to go out and have adventures because he was a knight. She just didn’t like that he was going to leave because she loved her uncle so much. She started channeling Lucy Ricardo. It was incredible. I would have sworn that that was the Lucy Ricardo cry when she was doing it. I really liked that part and I really liked when she was doing it. It was over the top. It was funny and I think kids will really enjoy that part of the show.

Laura: Don Quixote’s faithful squire, Sancho Panza, was played by Chalmers Hood. He did a great job. He was so funny. The expressions on his face when Don Quixote was getting ready to go battle the giants. The look on his face was priceless. He was saying “What are you talking about?” But he was willing to go along and take care of him, to make sure Don Quixote didn’t get himself killed. He was just really funny. I think people of all ages will really get a kick out of him.

Mike: Vpstart Crow has really come a long way on their sets this season. This show had a really nice set. It was very colorful. It was very bright. The lighting effects were among the best we’ve seen Vpstart Crow do. They had different clouds on a backdrop which I don’t think they’ve ever used before. Usually the back drop of the stage is merely the back curtain. This time they actually had a back drop and used lights to make special effects back there. It was really nice. The set was designed by the show’s director, Jamie Bartosavage Erdman. I think it worked really well. The set changes worked very smoothly.

Laura: The combat scene was very well done. The Combat Choreographer was Carl Brandt Long. It was very smoothly done. Although it may not have looked overly realistic that was part of the show. The big gestures and everything kind of over the top. They did really well.

Mike: Last week we interviewed the show’s director, Jamie Bartosavage Erdman. That interview is available on the ShowBizRadio website. After the Sunday afternoon show we attended a talk back session where the audience could ask questions of the cast and crew. We will have that available on our website in just a few days.

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Laura: The Wonderful Adventures of Don Quixote is just over two hours with one intermission. It’s playing through Sunday July 29th. Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sundays at 2 at the Cramer Center in Manassas, Virginia.

Mike: The show is definitely family friendly, very kid friendly. So get the kids together and go see a good show.

Laura: And now, on with the show.


  • Josephina/Leandro: Sallie Willows
  • Antonia/Country Girl: Michel Izquieta
  • Teresa/Country Girl: Lauren Billingsley
  • Sanchita: Erin McGuire
  • Sancho Panza: Chalmers Hood
  • Dr. Carrasco: Carl Nubile
  • Master Nicholas/Master Pedro: Ted Ballard
  • Don Quixote De La Mancha: David Berkenbilt
  • Rocinante: Philip Coralde
  • Shepherd: Penny McKee
  • Boy: Larry Neil Scartz III
  • Miguel/Villager: Rich Scanlan
  • Dulcinea: Brett Bartosavage
  • Alicia: Sara Bickler
  • Esteban: Stephanie Powlen


  • Artistic Director: Christine D. Lange
  • Managing Director: Sara Joy Lebowitz
  • Production Manager: Melissa Jo York-Tilley
  • Director: Jamie Bartosavage Erdman
  • Stage Manager: Stephanie Seltman
  • Stage Combat Choreographer: Carl Brandt Long
  • Set Designer: Jamie Bartosavage Erdman
  • Master Carpenter: Brett Bartosavage
  • Scenic Painter: Tory Ritter
  • Lighting Designer/Master Electrician: William McLeod
  • Light Board Operator: Stephanie Seltman
  • Sound Designer: Jamie Bartosavage Erdman
  • Sound Board Operator: Kyle Preston
  • Costume Designer: Stephanie Powlen
  • Hair and Makeup Designer: Jamie Bartosavage Erdman
  • Props Designer: Chalmers Hood
  • House Manager: Jenny Green
  • Assistant House Manager: Kristen Green
  • Publicity: Jay Tilley
  • Poster Designer: Jennifer Reitz
  • Program Designer: Bob Smith
  • Press Photos: Dave Harback and Tim Betts
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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

2 Responses »

  1. Thank you Mike and Laura once again for your continuing coverage of Vpstart Crow and for your kind words. This is definitely a show that is fun for the whole family, so we really appreciate the publicity! One thing I do want to mention is that we unfortunately had Michel Izquieta’s name spelled wrong in the program. It’s actually Michel and not Michael. Sorry for the error!

    Thanks again guys, and we look forward to read and/or listening to the talkback when you post it on your site! 🙂

    Jay Tilley
    Public Relations Consultant
    Vpstart Crow Productions, Inc.

  2. Hi, Mike and Laura,
    Thanks so much for the great review. And for getting the word out again that Don Quixote is a terrific show for the whole family. I’ve loved working on this show, and I’m quite proud of it.

    Love you guys,