Hailed by many as Lerner and Loewe's hallmark production, Camelot captivates audiences time and again. Set in mythical Camelot, a boy becomes king of England by pulling Excalibur - the magic sword - from a stone due to the strength of the virtue in his heart. He is Arthur, a visionary, lonesome soul in a world too imperfect for him to understand, ruled by lessons passed on by his mentor, Merlyn , the wizard. Arthur's wife is Guenevere, beautiful, capricious; and yearning for all the excitement that life can bring. Into her life rides Lancelot, a dashing, valiant French knight, whose power is centered in his overwhelming virtue.
The stage play, based upon T. H. White's The Once and Future King, débuted in 1960. Seven years later, Warner brothers produced a screen version, which starred Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero. It received three Academy Awards. The show is memorable for its scale, its haunting and tragic love triangle, and the powerful musical score.
Camelot featured a cast of 44, 16 scenes, and a live orchestra. It was produced by the Cowichan Musical Society and directed by:-
Maria Ridewood (drama)
Devan Bailey (music)
Joyce Scott (choreography)
poster by Lotta Hakala