DREAMING THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM WITH THIRD WALL PRODUCTIONS- INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST OF MAN OF LA MANCHA: Jim Driver, Frederick Frey, Ann Pallanck, Hope Standish-Pallanck

Continuing their quest! Following that star— no matter how hopeless— no matter how far! Third Wall Productions opens their production of Man of La Mancha in just a few weeks. With tech week just around the corner, much like a windmill giant that must be slain, Part 3 of The Impossible Dream interview series comes to you now.

Here we are, four more in the cast of Man of La Mancha, if you’ll tell us who you are, what the most recent thing is that you’ve done in/on/around/adjacent to a stage, and who you play in the show, we’ll get going!

(L to R) Ann Pallanck, Hope Standish-Pallanck, Frederick Frey, Jim Driver.
Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom (L to R) Ann Pallanck, Hope Standish-Pallanck, Frederick Frey, Jim Driver.

Hope Standish-Pallanck: I’m Hope Standish-Pallanck. I play in the ensemble. I was just in the ensemble of Beauty & The Beast at Perry Hall High School.

Ann Pallanck: I’m Ann Pallanck and I play Sancho. I was just in The Producers as Shirley Markowitz here at Third Wall. And I was Stage Manager recently for Willy Wonka at Charm City Players.

Frederick Frey: I’m Frederick Frey and I also play in the ensemble. I recently appeared in Willy Wonka at Charm City Players, and My Fair Lady here at Third Wall. And I do barbershop singing with Harbor City Chorus of Chesapeake.

Jim Driver: Jim Driver. Ensemble. The last show I did was Shrek with Sky’s The Limit in Dundalk. And I did Newsies here.

What is your impossible dream?

Hope: My dream? My personal impossible dream? I want to be on Broadway.

Ann: Hers is because that’s always been my impossible dream, and she is my child, and she has always loved the theatre. We share an impossible dream.

Frederick: I can’t come up with one easily. All I can say is my daughter’s getting married in November, so that’s what I’m concentrating on presently, and so is she.

Jim: I just want to keep performing as long as I can.

What does it mean to you to live the impossible dream?

Hope: To go and take risks, I guess? Don’t be afraid of the unexpected.

Ann: To live the best life you can no matter what happens. You can overcome everything.

Frederick: I’d say to remain idealistic, which as I grow older, I find it harder and harder to do.

Jim: To put in a lot of hard work as well as I can. To be successful in some way.

Why do you want people to come and see this production of Man of La Mancha?

Hope: Because it’s amazing and it’s a really cool experience to be on stage with my mom and this amazing cast. You all should come see it.

Ann: It’s a great show. I saw it on Broadway when I was young. My mom’s favorite song was “The Impossible Dream” so this musical definitely means a lot to me. It’s going to be awesome; we have a great cast. You should come see the show.

Frederick: It is a great musical. I remember when it came out a long time ago, I don’t think I saw it. But some of the music is very beautifully and rhythmically interesting.

Jim: Third Wall is a first class outfit that puts on first class shows and Mike Zellhofer is a first class director.

Man of La Manchaopens on Friday November 8, 2019 and plays through November 17, 2019 with Third Wall Productions at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church— 1108 Providence Road in Towson, MD. Tickets are available for purchase at the door or in advance online.

To read Part 1 of the Dreaming The Impossible Dream Series, click here.

To read Part 2 of the Dreaming The Impossible Dream Series, click here.


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