Members of St. Annes Parish Operatic Society are preparing for four nights at the round table with a revival of the popular Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical Camelot at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion from September 26 to 29.
Camelot is the story of King Arthur and the knights of the round table – and the love triangle of Arthur, Sir Lancelot and Lady Guinevere.
It was written by Lerner and Loewe on the back of their hugely successful My Fair Lady. It was first performed in 1960 on Broadway and starred Richard Burton and Julie Andrews.
This was followed by a run in London in 1964 and was a great success. There have been several professional tours and revivals over the years. There was also a film made which starred Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave but this was quite different from the show in terms of both the libretto and the music.
The role of Arthur in this production is played by Gavin Tyrell who has recently returned to the society after a couple of years absence and Guinevere is played by Stacey Houldsworth who has also made a welcome return after being away at university and a stint of work experience on The Gazette.
Andrew Would, a long standing SAPOS member takes on the role of Lancelot and other principals include Paula Curtis as Morgan Le Fey, Chris Campbell as Mordred and Malcolm Curtis as Merlin.
Memorable songs of the show include How to Handle A Woman, If Ever I Would Leave You and the rousing number Joust.
The acrobatic skills of the Fylde YMCA ACRO club gymnastic team will be performing as the Tumblers in the Jousting tournament and will build an “invisible wall” around King Arthur in a scene with Morgan Le Fey.
This show presents quite a musical challenge for amateur groups but musical director Helen Harrison, who will be conducting the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra, has inspired the cast with her infectious enthusiasm. Director Lynda Clarkson has also brought her own special touch to the production.