Lakehill Preparatory School's talented musical theater students took to the stage on November 11 and 12, to present the beloved classic Camelot.
Borrowing from the Arthurian legends, Lerner and Loewe's Camelot centers around an idealistic young King Arthur (played by an earnest Warren Lester), who hopes to create a kingdom built on honor and dignity, embodied by his Knights of the Round Table. His ideals, however, are tested when his lovely queen, Guinevere (played with great feeling and strong vocals by Lauren Bush), falls in love with the young knight Lancelot, and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance.
The production featured a collection of unforgettable songs centering around a well-rendered love triangle involving Arthur, Guinevere, and Arthur’s right-hand man, Lancelot du Lac (Asher Chamoy), that depicts the conflict between love, honor, and duty.
As Arthur, a man who is prodigious on the battlefield but who wants to replace the “might makes right” ethos with a new age of reason, Lester expressed worlds of emotion in a glance, especially the mix of anguish, sadness, and love when he comes to realize the depth of feeling between Lance and his beloved “Ginny.” Bush revealed a youthful girl's unfulfilled longings and conflicted heart with great emotion through both her acting and her vocals.
Chamoy was perfectly cast as an idealistic Lancelot who, despite his spiritual dedication, falls prey to human emotions. He captured Lancelot's essential decency and nobility.
Jacob Besser provided a respite from the drama as Arthur’s ally King Pellinore, and Keegan Clendenin was a dynamic villain as Arthur’s evil, illegitimate son Mordred. Also shining in featured roles were Elizabeth Blanchard as the magical tutor Merlyn, Reese Brown as the enchantress Nimue, and Katie McKnight as the bewitching Morgan Le Fey.
The stripped-down stage was a perfect backdrop for the elaborate costumes. The Lakehill production showcased the talents of 33 Upper School students.
Lakehill's production featured stage direction by Mark Guerra and musical direction by Tracy Herron. Jeff Lankov provided musical accompaniment, while Catherine D'Annibale coordinated the costumes. Second grade teacher Emily Wolfe lent her talents as choreographer. Junior Kate Langley served as Stage Manager.
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