Camelot

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In Medieval England, young King Arthur hopes to create an idyllic kingdom guided by honor and righteousness, embodied by his Knights of the Round Table. But Arthur’s perfect world is an illusion; his wife Guinevere secretly loves the handsome and noble knight, Lancelot. With enchantment, pageantry, and glorious melodies, Lerner and Loewe’s classic won’t “Let it be forgot / That once there was a spot / For one brief shining moment that was know as Camelot.”

Songs include “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood,” “The Lusty Month of May,” and the rousing title number.

*Music samples courtesy of Jay Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
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  • A nervous King Arthur tries to cajole Merlyn, his teacher, to tell him about Guenevere, the future queen. Merlyn knows the future, as he lives from the future into the present and grows younger instead of older. Upon her arrival, Guenevere dodges the awaiting crowds and hides, seeking “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood.” Arthur and Guenevere accidentally meet in the forest and are delighted to find they are charmed with each other. Together, they look forward to their glorious future in “Camelot.”

    Merlyn is lured away by a spirit, and Arthur is left on his own. Five years pass and Arthur tries to follow the course of wisdom set for him by Merlyn. He creates a new philosophy, one that says might should be the weapon of right. He creates the Round Table, a new concept of chivalry whose advocates will be charged with improving rather than destroying, with redressing past wrongs and aiding the oppressed. The table at which these knights will meet will be round so that no one man can take precedence by sitting at the head.

    Word of the Round Table spreads to France, where Lancelot heeds its call, setting off for Camelot. In “C’est Moi,” Lancelot proclaims that he is the most extraordinary mortal, an invincible knight dedicated to perfection in body and spirit. When Lancelot arrives in Camelot, the queen and her party are engaged in a May Day outing (“The Lusty Month of May”). Everyone but Arthur finds Lancelot pompous and disagreeable.

    Pellinore, a comic old knight in rusty armor, delays his perpetual search for a rare beast to stop with his old friend Arthur. Lancelot is challenged by Sir Dinadan, Sir Sagramore, and Sir Lionel – the three strongest knights – in “The Jousts.” Lancelot defeats all three, and even miraculously brings Sir Lionel back to life after killing him.

    Over time, Lancelot and Guenevere fall in love (“If Ever I Would Leave You”). Meanwhile. Mordred, Arthur’s evil son, arrives and tries to dishonor the king. He mocks Arthur’s high ideals and attempts to exploit Guenevere’s love for Lancelot. Arthur becomes despondent, and Guenevere cheers him (“What Do The Simple Folk Do?”). Gradually, the knights begin to grow restless for the battles of old, and Arthur’s leadership wanes.

    Mordred has Guenevere arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake for her treasonous affair with Lancelot (“Guenevere”), but Guenevere and Lancelot escape to France. Arthur declares war against Lancelot, but just before the fighting begins, he relents and forgives them both. Sad and disillusioned, Arthur feels his dreams of love and chivalry are ruined.

    Suddenly, Tom – a boy of about 14 – appears, wanting to join the Round Table. Realizing that this young, hopeful lad is the future of his kingdom, Arthur knights Tom and sends him out to tell the world of Camelot’s quest for right and honor and justice (“Camelot”).

  • LERNER & LOEWE’S

    “CAMELOT”

                  Book and Lyrics by                                      Music by

                   Alan Jay Lerner                                   Frederick Loewe

    Original Production Directed and Staged by Moss Hart

    Based on “The Once and Future King”

    by T. H. White

     

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    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    CAMELOT
    is presented by arrangement with
    TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • Choose either Full Orchestration or Combo Instrumentation

    Full Orchestration

    2 Violins A
    1 Violin B
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute – Piccolo
    1 Oboe – English Horn
    1 Clarinet I
    1 Clarinet II – Eb Clarinet & Bass Clarinet & Flute or Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
    1 Bassoon

    1 Horn I & II
    1 Horn III
    1 Trumpets I & II
    1 Trumpets III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II

    1 Percussion:

    Timpani (2 Drums)
    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    Military Field Drum
    Tom Toms (2 Pitches)
    Bass Drum
    Suspended Cymbal
    Hi – Hat Cymbals
    Glockenspiel (Soft & Hard Mallets)
    Xylophone (Soft & Hard Mallets)
    Triangle
    Wood Block
    Tambourine
    Tam Tam

    1 Guitar – Lute – Mandolin

    1 Harp

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.
    (There is no piano in the orchestration)

    Combo Instrumentation

    1 Violin A
    1 Violin B
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute-Piccolo
    1 Clarinet

    1 Horn
    1 Trumpets I & II (Trumpet II optional)
    1 Trombone

    1 Percussion

    Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    21     Prompt Books for Cast
    30     Chorus-Vocal Parts
    1       Original Cast CD

    Optional Additional Materials

    1       Stage Manager’s Guide
    2       Optional Additional Numbers:
    “Fie on Goodness”
    “Take Me to the Fair”

  • Principals

    (2 female; 4 male)

    Guenevere
    Nimue
    Morgan Le Fey
    Arthur
    Lancelot
    Mordred

    Supporting

    Merlyn
    Pellinore
    Tom of Warwick
    Sir Dinadan
    Sir Lionel
    Sir Sagramore
    Squire Dap
    Lady Anne
    Lady Catherine
    Lady Sybil
    Guilliam
    Colgrevance
    Bliant
    Castor
    Clarius
    4 Heralds
    2 Pages

    Ensemble

    Lords and Ladies of Camelot

    The original Broadway production had a cast of 55 performers, including chorus. Some doubling was employed in the minor parts.

  • CAMELOT opened on Broadway on December 3rd, 1960 at the Majestic Theatre, where it played for 873 performances. The London production played 518 performances at the Drury Lane Theatre. The original company included Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet and Roddy McDowall. CAMELOT has been revived on Broadway numerous times, including a 2011 production starring Jeremy Irons as King Arthur.

    Awards (1961)

    4 Tony Awards for Actor, Musical Director, Scenic Designer and Costume Designer
    The Outer Critics Circle Award for Set Design

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    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    Jonesborough Repertory Theatre JONESBOROUGH, TN 09/09/2016 10/02/2016
    Lyric Stage IRVING, TX 09/09/2016 09/18/2016
    Good Company Players FRESNO, CA 09/15/2016 11/06/2016
    Dayton Playhouse, Inc. DAYTON, OH 09/16/2016 10/02/2016
    The Bannerman's Castle Trust, Inc. GLENHAM, NY 09/17/2016 09/18/2016
    Chanhassen Theatre, LLC CHANHASSEN, MN 09/30/2016 02/18/2017
    Westport Country Playhouse, Inc. WESTPORT, CT 10/04/2016 10/23/2016
    Compass Rose Studio Theatre ANNAPOLIS, MD 11/11/2016 11/18/2016
    Capital Repertory Theatre ALBANY, NY 11/26/2016 12/23/2016
    Arizona Broadway Theatre PEORIA, AZ 01/06/2017 02/12/2017
    Augusta University AUGUSTA, GA 02/10/2017 02/12/2017
    The Barn Stage Company TEMECULA, CA 03/02/2017 03/05/2017
    The Candlelight Theatre ARDENTOWN, DE 03/18/2017 04/23/2017
    Burke Theater Guild DREXEL, NC 03/31/2017 04/02/2017
    Neosho County Community College CHANUTE, KS 04/07/2017 04/09/2017
    Broadway Theatre of Pitman PITMAN, NJ 04/21/2017 05/14/2017