Next week the magical, mystical world of Camelot will come to life on the Ashe Civic Center stage, and you will want to be in the audience as the Ashe County Little Theatre brings the Lerner and Loewe musical to life. Directed by Grady Lonon, with musical direction by Michael Bell, and produced by Jane Lonon, Camelot is set to run from June 24 through June 28. All performances will be held at the Ashe Civic Center with evening shows on June 24, 25, 26, and 28, with curtain at 7:30 nightly, and a matinee performance on June 27, with curtain at 2 p.m.
Camelot is the story of the best in man and the worst in man. It is the story of love and honor, friendship and betrayal, deceit and justice. It is the story of King Arthur, the boy king who pulled the sword from the stone. It is the story of the code of chivalry, the round table and the honor of the knights who sat at that table. But it is also the story of the very human people who aspired to be more than they could be – of their quest for perfection and justice, and of their heartbreak when that justice threatened to destroy their world.
An experienced cast will bring the story to life. King Arthur, the once and future king, is played by Tom Fowler and his Queen Guinevere is Rachel Nave. The most famous knight, and the third part of the three way love affair is Lancelot, played by Barry Aldridge. Supernatural elements come to life with Rachel Matthies as Nimue, the enchantress who steals Merlyn’s powers; Jim Wooten as Merlyn, the wizard who lives backward, and Linda Harms as Morgan le Fay, the enchantress who lives in an invisible castle. Jim Williams is Pellinore, a comic cartoon of a man who quests after the “beast.” Arthur’s son, the evil Mordred, is Zach Emerson, and the knights of the court are as follows: Sir Lionel, Jeff Dreyer; Sir Sagramore, Mike Warren; Sir Dinadan, Dayne Hodges; Squire Dap, Owen Peeler; Clarius, Jeremiah Cullen, Les Miller, and Tom of Warwick, Ory Owen. The ladies in waiting are: Susanne Black, Molly Mae Dawes, Debbie Handy, Kathy Howell, Jane Lonon, Caitlin Miller, Edie Miller, Cindy Taylor, Connie Woolard, and Anna Wooten.
From the story, to the music, to the strong cast, this is the summer event you do not want to miss.
Reserved seating for Camelot is available in advance from the Ashe County Arts Council. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students; they are now on sale at the Ashe Arts Center, either in person, or by phone at 336.846-ARTS. Credit cards are accepted.
For more information please call the Ashe County Arts Council at 846-ARTS.