AVP Announces 2015 Show
The legendary musical comes to Annisquam Tuesday, August 4 – Sunday, August 9, 2015.
A Letter From AVP Director, Terry Sands
This summer Annisquam will be transformed in both time and place, back to England and the middle ages, to a time of knights in shining armor and ladies in waiting/damsels in distress, dungeons and dragons, to the glorious time of the mythical King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, to one of the most popular musicals of all times, CAMELOT.
Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot opened on Broadway in 1960 with a star cast of Richard Burton as Arthur, Julie Andrews as Guenevere, and Robert Goulet as Lancelot. This was the Kennedy era in Washington, D.C., and the musical was John Kennedy’s favorite. And no wonder – John Kennedy was classmates at Harvard with T.H. White, author of The Once and Future King, which tells the legend of King Arthur, and Alan Jay Lerner, author of the book and lyrics forCamelot. Since Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, the show has been wed to the Kennedy era. It has twice been revived on Broadway, and is particularly relevant now, as we just commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.
The lasting appeal of the Arthur legend is apparent in the plethora of current TV shows and movies that mirror this era – e.g. Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. The show boasts some of the greatest songs of all musical theater – “Camelot,” “The Lusty Month of May,” “How to Handle a Woman,” and “If Ever I Would Leave You” (arguably the most beautiful love song in musical theater).
This show brings fabulous roles for all ages. For men and teens, of course, there is the mythical King Arthur and the handsome but egotistical Lancelot (who would be classified as “hot” by today’s youth), the magician Merlyn, Arthur’s illegitimate and evil son Mordred, the comical knight Pellinore, and many macho Knights of the Round Table (who sing the show-stopping “Fie on Goodness”).
For women and teens, there is Queen Guenevere, the beautiful sea nymph Nimue (with a soaring, soprano voice), the fairy queen Morgan Le Fey and her diabolical teen entourage, Lady Anne, Lady Catherine and Lady Sybil (leaders of Guenevere’s ladies in waiting) and many damsels in distress. In this age of chivalry, fantasy and magic, there are many teen parts for both genders, as well as major dancing roles.
For children, we are converting one of the show-stopping songs (“What Do the Simple Folks Do”) to a children’s scene, and of course there is young Tom, who gets knighted at the end of the show. We are looking for two people proficient in fencing for a famous dueling scene, and ideas for the infamous jousting scene between Lancelot and the knights.
The auditions are on Sunday, May 24, at 6 PM at the Annisquam Village Hall, with callbacks on Monday, May 25, at 7 PM. Children should prepare “The Lusty Month of May.” Adults should prepare any song from the show. There will be a dance audition as well for both men and women.
We are also looking for creative people to help with challenging medieval costumes and sets (not only the castle but also an enchanted forest). This is a show for all ages, and we want your ideas. Rehearsals will start the middle of June, and the show runs Tuesday, August 4, through Sunday, August 9. The AVP will produce a musical float in the Gloucester Horribles Parade on July 3.
AVP Auditions, 2015 Musical, Camelot
Where: Annisquam Village Hall
When: Sunday, May 24, 2015
Time: Kids 6:00, Adults 7:00
Who: Any Cape Ann full time or summertime resident
What if I don’t know anyone in AVP? Can I still try out? YES! Please, come!
What if I have never been on stage, but I love singing in the shower and have always dreamed of being on stage? You will fit in nicely.
But my husband says we should be doing things together as a family and he doesn’t perform. Tell him we need his help building the set, or helping with costumes. AVP is a family organization. Oftentimes we have multiple generations of families all participating in the show.
Here is our newsletter from last year. The 2015 newsletter will be released in April, 2015.