Bob Eveleigh writes: Victoria Park High School in Port Elizabeth begins its four-day, six-performance season of Camelot on Wednesday, May 17.
The merry month of May continues on its theatrical way in Port Elizabeth with the third new musical theatre presentation this month opening on Wednesday, May 17, when Victoria Park High School begins its four-day, six-performance season of Camelot in the David Blake Hall at the school.
And this is probably the most apt production of the month since one of the songs in the show’s score, with music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner, is the song, The Lusty Month of May.
This is the team that earlier created My Fair Lady and its Broadway premiere of Camelot dates from 1967.
As the title indicates, this recounts the timeless tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, based on T H White’s version of the story in his book The Once and Future King.
The storyline recounts the Arthurian legend as it follows the young king from a young ambitious, idealist who dreams of creating a just society, to a monarch bearing witness to this dream’s demise.
When his beloved wife Guenevere falls in love with Arthur’s most celebrated knight Lancelot to create one of history’s most immortal “eternal triangles”, everything begins to unravel and the troubles are intensified when Arthur’s illegitimate son Mordred sets out to destroy Arthur and his dream.
The excellent musical score incorporates other memorable numbers such as the title song, as well as The Simple Joys of Maidenhood, How to Handle a Woman, What Do the Simple Folks Do and the show’s biggest international hit, If Ever I Would Leave You.
The young cast of learners is headed by Cameron Campbell, a newcomer to the stage, as King Arthur, while two more experienced girls, Zoë Gray and Sarah MacKenzie, will alternate as the young Guenevere. The noble Sir Lancelot will be played by Mpumelelo Rwaxa (opposite Zoë Gray) and young Luke Erasmus (opposite Sarah MacKenzie).
Directed by Mariette van der Walt with Musical Director Marlon Louis, Vocal Director Liske Potgieter and Choreographer Catherine Gouws, tickets for Camelot will cost R70 for adults and R50 for scholars and senior citizens, with a special block booking price of R40 offered to groups of 20 or more.
The dates and times to Saturday, May 20, will be 7pm (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) with a morning matinee at 10am on Wednesday and an afternoon performance at 2pm on Saturday.
Booking is at the school.