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Synopsis

Lerner and Loewe’s majestic Camelot_ brings the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table to life with an extraordinary score and a story that poignantly dramatizes the human conflict at the heart of this classic tale. Based on T.H. White’s novel, The Once and Future King, Camelot tells the story of Arthur, a young squire who becomes King after extracting the sword Excalibur from its legendary rock. Camelot opens in the midst of the battle that destroyed King Arthur’s kingdom, and goes back to tell the story of how the battle came to be. The musical follows Arthur from a young, ambitious, idealistic King who dreams of creating a just society to the despairing king bearing witness to his dream’s demise. Arthur’s dream is inspired by his vivacious Queen Guenevere. Together, they create a kingdom where might works at the service of right and the King serves at a round table with no head — a symbol of collaboration and unity. But just as this utopian vision starts to become reality, everything begins to unravel. When Guenevere falls in love with Arthur’s most celebrated, beloved, and loyal knight, Lancelot, they begin a romance as doomed as it is passionate. Their troubles are compounded when Arthur’s illegitimate son, Mordred, arrives on the scene. In a world of human realities, can Camelot achieve the utopia of which Arthur dreams?


Characters

Male

Lead

Baritone

Female

Lead

Soprano

Male

Lead

Baritone



Show Information

Lyrics:
Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1960
Genres
Drama
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
the kingdom of camelot in a mythic time before modern history -- the days of king arthur and the knights of the round table, when there is still magic
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Musical Staging
Ideal For
high school, university, community theatre, professional theatre, religious organization
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, child, young adult, mature adult, elderly, late teen characters

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