In association with Temecula Presents and the Temecula Valley Symphony, The Barn Stage Company closes out its 2016/2017 Broadway Concert Series with Lerner & Loewe’s classic musical Camelot in Concert.
Based on the King Arthur legend as adapted from the T.H. White novel The Once & Future King, Camelot features such memorable songs as “If Ever I Would Leave You”, “Lusty Month of May”, “Before I Gaze At You Again” and of course the title song, “Camelot”.
This romantic and epic tale of a kingdom long ago will come to life as only The Barn Stage Company can do, featuring a live symphony on stage and an all-star cast of professional performers. Camelot in Concert will be directed by Ryan Ruge, with Musical Direction by John Mario Di Costanzo and choreography by Chelsea Nicole Lapp.
Lerner and Loewe’s majestic Camelot brings the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table to life with an extraordinary score and a story that poignantly dramatizes the human conflict at the heart of this classic tale. Camelot tells the story of Arthur, a young squire who becomes King after extracting the sword Excalibur from its legendary rock. Camelot opens in the midst of the battle that destroyed King Arthur’s kingdom, and goes back to tell the story of how the battle came to be. The musical follows Arthur from a young, ambitious, idealistic King who dreams of creating a just society to the despairing king bearing witness to his dreams demise. Arthurs dream is inspired by his vivacious Queen Guinevere. Together, they create a kingdom where might works at the service of right and the King serves at a round table with no head – a symbol of collaboration and unity. But just as this utopian vision starts to become reality, everything begins to unravel. When Guinevere falls in love with Arthur’s most celebrated, beloved, and loyal Knight, Lancelot, they begin a romance as doomed as it is passionate. Their troubles are compounded when Arthur’s illegitimate son, Mordred, arrives on the scene. In a world of human realities, can Camelot achieve the utopia of which Arthur dreams?
The show is performed by an all-star-cast from Broadway and locally, right here in Temecula! Martin Kildare leads the cast as King Arthur. His Broadway credits include: The Lion King, A Raisin in the Sun, Timon of Athens, The Government Inspector and The Herbal Bed. Regionally he has acted with more than 20 companies including South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage, the Folger Theatre, and a combined ten seasons with the California, Alabama and Utah Shakespeare Festivals. Amy Gillette takes on the role of Guinevere just completed a full year of dream roles, starting with Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Glendale Centre Theatre, followed by Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins, and the title role in Victor Victoria at the Candlelight Pavilion. Local Favorite Paul Kehler plays the role of Lancelot. Recent Credits Include Officer Lockstock in Urinetown the Musical, Javert in Les Miserables, and the title role in Sweeney Todd. Jason Wesley Green takes on the role of King Pellinore (Camelot with Jeremy Irons, Les Miserables with Brian Stokes Mitchell). The role of Merlin is played by Grandison M. Phelps III. Audiences will remember Grandison as the Starkeeper from Carousel in Concert. Other credits include Seven Guitars and King Headley II at Cygnet and the title role in Othello with Octad Productions. The role of Mordred is played by Hanz Enyeart (Up Here at La Jolla Playhouse, Gypsy at Cygnet) and Nimue is played by Tamara Rodriguez Mehl (Up Here at La Jolla Playhouse, Meet Me In St. Louis at the Welk). Isaiah Stacy-Sutton plays the role of Tom of Warwick. The Knights of Camelot are played by Anton Maroun, James C. Mulligan and Jeffrey Ricca. The Ensemble includes Jillian Barnett, Doug Bingham, Chris Bona, Aaron Corbeil, Leif Corbeil, Ryn Corbeil, Lindsey Iversen, Brandi Lacy, Colden Lamb, Kim Lovett, Ariana Ramirez and Erica Rose.
Directed by Ryan Ruge, a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Ryan has enjoyed a career in professional performance on both domestic and international stages. The creative team for Camelot in Concert includes John Mario Di Costanzo (Conductor/Musical Director) a veteran opera conductor serving three seasons as Music Director of the legendary Tri Cities Opera of Binghampton, NY. Chelsea Nicole Lapp (Choreographer), recent credits include Peter & The Starcatcher and in the ensemble of Carousel in Concert. The Design team includes J. Scott Lapp (Scenic Design), Zach Simons (Lighting Design), Costume Design by Janet Pitcher and Sound Design by James Heliker and Steve Caster. Sheila Furtado provides the props. Erik Petricka serves as the Stage Manager. Casting is by Evan D’Angeles.
The show opens on Thursday, March 2 at 8pm and continues Saturday, March 4 at 8pm and Sunday, March 5 at 2pm. at The Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA. 92590. Tickets – $30/$45/$60 – can be purchased by visiting www.TheBarnStageCompany.com or www.TemeculaTheater.org or by calling the Old Town Community Theater Box Office at 1-866-653-8696.
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