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CAMELOT

Book and Lyrics by ALAN JAY LERNER
Music by FREDERICK LOEWE
First opened on Broadway December 3, 1960 at the Majestic Theatre.

Plot Synopsis

One of many version of the Arthurian legend, Camelot is certainly one of the best known and best loved... 

The lords and ladies await the arrival of Guenevere, King Arthur of England's future Queen. A nervous Arthur tries to persuade Merlyn, his teacher, to tell him about her. Merlyn, who lives backwards in time and can recall the future as well as the past, refuses to tell the impatient king. An equally apprehensive Guenevere avoids the waiting crowd and on meeting Arthur alone soon becomes charmed with him, and his description of the magical Camelot. As predicted, Merlyn is lured away by a spirit and Arthur is on his own as far as running his kingdom and dealing with his new marital status.

Five years pass and Arthur, a slow thinker, finally grasps the course of wisdom set for him by Merlyn. He develops a new philosophy; a concept of chivalry whose advocates are charged with improving rather than destroying. The Knights of the Round Table are created.

Word of the Round Table spreads to France where Lancelot du Lac heeds its call and journeys to Camelot. In a chance encounter he almost kills Arthur, but is forgiven and accepted as a member of the Court. Guenevere and the Court have gone a-maying and are entertained by the arrival of Pellinore, a comic old knight in search of a "questing beast". The joyous mood is soon altered when Lancelot pontificates on his virtue and strength. Guenevere arranges for a joust against her three strongest knights, hoping he will be defeated and will learn a lesson in humility. However, Lancelot defeats all three and is invested as a Knight of the Round Table.

As time passes, Guenevere and Lancelot find themselves falling for each other, but vow never to consumate their love for fear of destroying the Round Table and Arthur himself. But Arthur already realizes the situation and becomes despondent over the choice he will one day have to make: save Guenevere from herself or save the Round Table.

Mordred, the conniving bastard son of Arthur, arrives at the Court and begins to undermine Arthur's authority and to plot for his downfall. He persuades his aunt, Morgan Le Fey, to detain Arthur and Pellinore overnight during a hunting expedition. That night as Guenevere and Lancelot meet in her bedroom, Mordred and several guards burst in and arrest them for treason. There is a fearsom struggle but the lovers eventually escape and flee to France. Arthur sets off after them, knowing that he must declare war on France if the Round Table is to retain its integrity.

Prior to the battle, he meets them both. Aware that he has lost the love of Guenevere, Arthur forgives them and prepares for battle. Whether or not he is killed, he knows that the Order of the Round Table as he envisioned it will probably die. In a final gesture of hope, he dispatches a young boy back to England to spread the word and help keep alive the dream that was his Camelot.

 

Cast of Characters

King Arthur Richard Burton
Queen Guenevere Julie Andrews
Sir Lancelot du Lac Robert Goulet

Songs from the Show - Act One

Overture Orchestra
I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight Arthur
The Simple Joys of Maidenhood Guenevere
Camelot Arthur
Camelot (Reprise) Guenevere
Follow Me Nimue
Camelot (Reprise) Arthur and Guenevere
C'est Moi Lancelot
The Lusty Month of May Guenevere and Court
Take Me to the Fair Guenevere, Sir Dinadan, Sir Sagramore, Sir Lionel
How to Handle a Woman Arthur
The Joust Chorus, Arthur and Guenevere
Before I Gaze at You Again Guenevere

Songs from the Show - Act Two

Entr'acte Orchestra
Fie on Goodness Knights of the Round Table
If Ever i Would Leave You Lancelot
The Seven Deadly Virtues Mordred
The Invisible Wall Morgan Le Fey and her Court
I Loved You Once In Silence Guenevere
Guenevere Company
Camelot (Reprise) - Finale Ultimo Arthur and Tom

1971-1972 Production

Presented March 17, 18, 21-25, 1972 at the High School of Commerce Auditorium, Ottawa, Ontario  

Production Team

Production Coordinator Rick Matheson
Dramatic Director Bob Gardiner
Assistant to Mr. Gardiner Lorraine St. Laurent
Camelot Prompter Judy Froome
Musical Director Bert Carriere
Accompanist/Ass't Musical Director Lorna Rice
Choreographer Roberta Sametz
Set Designer Ann Goetz
Stage Manager Harry Plummer
Set Construction Sid Jelly
Lighting Designer Nancy Turner
Costume Designer Norma Coll
Costume Mistress Eileen Lemmon
Sound Ken Woolley
Make-up Jean Horwood
Hair Styling Beryl Elliott
Properties Mary Lou Finlay
House Manager(Commerce) Wally Chopowick
Social Chairman Judy Froome
Publicity Marylin Day
Printed Programme Len Morin
Programme Cover Design Ed Yeatman
Photography Gerry Sheehan
Ticket Manager Faye Lavell
Benevolent Committee Christine Allan

Cast

Arthur Gordon MacMichael
Guenevere Cathy Patton
Lancelot Wilfred Dube
Pellinore Barry Stewart
Mordred Ron Bender
Merlyn Jim McNabb
Nimue/Morgan Le Fey Jennifer Marks*
Sir Dinadan Larry Sullivan
Sir Lionel Dario Echeverri
Sir Sagramore Don Shaw*
Dap Vern Fraser
Tom of Warwick Brad Smith
Lady Anne Barbara Young
Court Pages Mary-Anne Taylor, David Horwood
Pellinore's Companion "Horrid" Clea

THE LORDS AND LADIES OF THE COURT

Les Bonhower, Bob Carriere, Jack Charron, Roger Charron, Richard Crepin, Michael Gareau, Tom Park, Larry Priebe, Jack Wallace, Roger Webber-Taylor, Peggy Burgess, Marnie Edwards, Joan Galbraith, Dorothy Gough, Jean Halley, Judie Halstead, Joan Hamre, Wendy Harris, Lori Hozer, Patricia-Ann Johnston, Faye Lavell, Wendy Leckie, Sharon McCormick, Diane McLean, Cynthia Mannion, Joy Phillips, Carole St. Laurent, Marie Santilli, Susan Taylor, Mary Ward, Jean Wheeler 

*Jennifer Marks and Don Shaw are appearing by permission of Actor's Equity Association.

 

1989-1990 Production

Presented May 25-June 2, 1990 at the High School of Commerce, Ottawa, Ontario 

Production Team

Artistic Director Sheila Shields
Assistant Director Wayne Nolan
Musical Director Rod Holmes
Choreographer Valerie Van Veen
Assistant Choreographer Debbie Jones
Production Coordinator Marylin Day
Assistant to the Directors Patti Mordasewicz
Stage Manager Gerry Reynolds
Assistant Stage Managers Carol Livingston, Hugh Livingston
Set Designer Margaret Coderre-Williams
Scenic Artists Margaret Coderre-Williams, Jeannie Stewart
Costume Designer Jill Thompson
Costume Mistress Brenda Caiger
Properties Master Sam Smith
Sound Technician Bill Butterworth
Lighting Designer Neil Spicer
Make-up Design Melva Scott, Barbara Seeton
Hair Design Walter Young, Marc Lefebvre, Pierrette Loyer
Master Carpenter Tom Mordasewicz
Workshop Chairman Tom Shields
Accompanist Lorna Rice

Cast

King Arthur Tony Keenleyside
Merlyn Christian Hackbusch
Guenevere Joyce Landry
Nimue Juliette Kirk
Lady Anne Vivian Asfar
Lancelot Marc Carpentier
Squire Dap Patrick Goddard
Pellinore Barry Caiger
Horrid C.C. Scout
Sir Dinadan Will Bruce
Sir Sagramore Frank Duern
Sir Lionel David Coles
Mordred Brian Hall
Morgan Le Fey Betsy Wimbs
Page Josh Dolgin
Tom of Warwick Ian Stephenson

CHORUS

Sean Alger, Francine Bateman, Nadia Bobak, Brian Burke, Michael Coderre, Joan Coulter, Helen Farrell, David Hayes, Caroline Heaton, Debbie Jones, Libby Livingston, Shannon Mercer, Debbie Miller, Heather Monkman, Duncan Morgan, Jim Morrison, John Murray, Laurie Nicoll, Eugene Oscapella, Graham Price, Kathryn Romanow, Rebecca Schatzky, Jon Taylor, Julie Townsend

Orchestra

Under the direction of John McGovern

Violins Irving Thompson, Kathleen Allan, Kevin James, Martine Dubeacute;
Cello Steve Smith
Bass Michel Des Marchais
Keyboard Lorna Rice
Flute/Piccolo Liliane Depocas
Clarinet Dave Ward
Trumpets Sid Holmes, Michel Renaud
Trombone Drummond Hudson
French Horn Monty Armitage
Percussion Art Beers 

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