'Camelot' comes to Apollo

March 09, 2006|by KRISTIN WILSON

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The story of "Camelot" is a complicated love triangle between a king, his wife and a loyal knight.

But it will be boiled down this weekend at The Apollo Civic Theatre. The musical will be presented in a simple fashion without many props, costumes or a complicated set design, says "Camelot" director Stephen Levi.

Called a "concert performance," the production will be staged like a traditional play but without a big ensemble cast or other stage embellishments, Levi explains.

"Camelot" will, however, be accompanied by a full pit orchestra.

"It's being presented in a much simpler fashion ... the emphasis is on the story and the music," Levi says. "Part of the reason we're doing this is that we wanted to put another show in the season for our subscribers."


Levi considers "Camelot" a bonus show for audiences. Keeping the production simple allowed the theater to put on the extra performance.

The simple format does not take away from the "Camelot" story, Levi adds. "You come to the end of the show and you are practically in tears," he says. "The music is wonderful. It's very luscious, very romantic."

"Camelot" is the story of King Arthur, his wife Guenevere and the knight Lancelot. The three principal characters are caught in a triangle that challenges the different types of love they feel for each other. The play also tells the story of Arthur's development of Camelot, his idealized kingdom.

If you go ...

WHAT: "Camelot" by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, March 10 and 17, and Saturday, March 11 and 18; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12 and 19. (The March 11 performance is interpreted in sign language)

WHERE: The Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: $14 for Friday and Saturday performances; $12 for Sunday performances; $7 students with valid ID.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 81 south to Exit 13 in West Virginia. Turn left onto King Street and go about one mile to Queen Street. Turn left onto Queen Street. Go two blocks to Martin Street and turn right. Go one block on Martin Street. The theater is on the right.

MORE: For more information or to reserve tickets, call 1-304-263-6766.

Cast and crew

The cast of "Camelot" includes: Cliff Kurt as King Arthur; Lou Ramos as Merlyn; Tara Younker as Guenevere; Brian James as Lancelot; Bob Fuegi as Pellinore; Peregrine Herlinger as Mordred; Renee Emanuel as Morgan Le Fey; Dustin McQuaid as Tom of Warwick and Sir Lionel; Daniel Brown as Sir Dinadan; Ralph West as Sir Sagramore; John Brown as Squire Dap; Harriett Eyler as Lady Anne and Brittany Younker, Coni Smith and Megan West as ladies of Camelot.

The production staff includes: Stephen Levi, director; Lani Grigsby, music director; Harriett Eyler, producer; Malinda Shaver, stage manager; Michael Noll, lighting designer; Matt Gunnoe, sound designer; Rip Smith, photographer; Coni Smith, hair and makeup; Bob Fuegi, set foreman; and Katherine Walsh Ryan, publicity coordinator.

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