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"The winter is forbidden till December
And exits March the second on the dot."
Talk about your fantasy worlds.
Lakeland College Theatre will stage the lush musical "Camelot" on April 2-5, blending the talents of Lakeland's theatre and music departments.
Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. on April 2-4 with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 5. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for non-Lakeland students and can be ordered by calling (920) 565-1536 or online at lakeland.edu/theatre. A rehearsal video is also available on the Lakeland College Theatre website.
This is the second musical Lakeland has staged under second-year theatre director Charlie Krebs - Lakeland made its musical debut with "Pippin" last spring - and Krebs said his students have quickly hit their stride.
"All of the finest singers from the college are in this production," Krebs said. "Plus, there are many newcomers who seem to have found a new home. This convinces me that there was a need for this type of production here because people we never knew showed up on our doorstep wanting to perform."
Krebs said as part of their preparation, he stripped all of the "acting" out of the production to ensure that the show's real themes come to the forefront.
"It works perfectly for this show, because it really isn't about armor and swords and castles, but truth and tenderness and love," Krebs said. "This new acting style takes away all the bravado and replaces it with raw human emotion. These characters have great depth, and the actors have brought levels of honesty that have given me chills.
"Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of pomp and circumstance and swords and castles, but at its foundation is a dramatic purity."
There is also, of course, the famous song "Camelot," but there is an array of gorgeous music from this Lerner and Loewe original: "Guinevere," "I Loved You Once in Silence," "Before I Gaze at You Again," "C'est Moi" and "The Lusty Month of May."
Lakeland's music faculty is heavily involved in the production as Janet L. Herrick is the show's music director and Walter Rich will conduct the musical arrangements.
Jessica Mueller, of Jessica's School of Dance, created period dance that is not in the original, but will help transport the audience back to the middle ages. Ellemaj Degenhardt, an exchange student from Germany, designed a lush setting complete with a castle and a magic forest built by dozens of students over the course of eight weeks.
Herrick also serves as costume designer. "She built all original costumes for the show which, all by themselves, would make it worth coming to see the show," Krebs said. "They are superlative."
|King Arthur||David Neese|
|Morgan le Fey||Holly Zielinski|
|Lady Anne||April Wasmer|
|Lady Jessamine||Brittany Wierzbach|
|Lady Beatrice||Emily Rendall|
|Lady Philomena||Holly Helmer|
|Lady Pandwyna||Katelyn Gussert|
|Lady Magestya||Kayann Botana|
|Lady Cecily||Kristina Borts|
|Lady Fousafia||Semi Lee|
|Lady Drusilla||Tarra Burgeois|
|Lady Melodie||Tiffany Kelley|
|Lady Isabella||Tracy Jackson|
|Sir Branwyn||Aaron Kraemer|
|Sir Sagramore||David Tessman|
|Sir Bliant||Ian Johanson|
|Sir Guillam||James Trazile|
|Sir Colgrevance||Jason Ehlenfeldt|
|Sir Avaron||Jeremy Jachman|
|Sir Dinadan||Joe Janisch|
|Sir Lionel||Rob Forgette|
|Sir Ector||Woody Burke|
Director: Charlie Krebs
Music Director: Janet L. Herrick
Choreographer: Jessica Mueller
Conductor: Walter Rich
Costume Designer: Janet L. Herrick
Scene Designer: Ellemaj Degenhardt
Stage Manager: Marie Perry
Audio Director: Jessica Stewart
Property Director: Heather Stewart