March 6, 2012

Camelot - Last Weekend

The River City Community Players announces the last weekend for Camelot.

If you haven't seen this remarkable show; you need to call now for your
reservations for either Friday or Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Below are comments made on regarding the show:

First I would like to talk about the set. From the moment I entered the theater, I was completely taken with an ENORMOUS tree occupying the entire downstage right area of the stage. Beautifully decorated, it was obvious the designer/crew were not merely trying give you an impressive set piece, but give you the feeling you were walking into a fairy tale world! Very well done and well used, as the tree was literally the launching pad for Arthur in the first act. But enough about the tree. The revolving castle made the small stage seem so much
larger and gave the world of Camelot an added dimension you don't often see on many sets.

The costumes were period appropriate and beautiful! I was especially taken with
Guenevere. She was so beautiful. I loved seeing characters dressed in actual armor in many of the scenes. What a nice touch. The fight scenes done in shadow were very cool.

Let me say up front I have known and worked with Jeff Adams for some time and thought I knew his talent. And in my mind's eye I would never have considered him to play Arthur.

Boy, was I ever wrong (sometimes I like that when that happens). He is absolutely magnificent in the role of King Arthur. I've been associated with the RCCP for over 24 years and there is no doubt in my mind that his portrayal of King Arthur is one of the top 5 male vocal leads at the RCCP during that time period. It was truly a pleasure to watch him throughout the
production. Everything from timing, delivery, accent, energy, presence, emotions, you name it - he was spot on!

Sarah DaMetz, as Guenevere, has a very nice strong voice and carried all of her songs very well. She has a nice look for Guenevere. However, a lot of her dialogue was not clear and I kept wanting more from her character. Essentially
she lacks any depth in her performance. It was a safe, don't take any chances, good performance.

Coby Anderson, as Lancelot, worked very hard at being Lancelot. The desire was there. You could see it. But he lacked the maturity and panache to carry the part. The old saying "Never send a boy to do a man's work" holds true here. But he was the best choice for the role. While his attempt at a French accent was pretty good and consistent throughout, he would fair far better backing off a
little and being more understandable and focusing on the character. Just my opinion.

The chemistry between Arthur and Guenevere was pretty good as was the chemistry between Arthur and Lancelot. But the chemistry between Guenevere and Lancelot just wasn't there for me. Developing the characters and relationships, and ultimately the chemistry between the characters, is the only minor shortcoming that stood out.

Another standout was Spencer Williams as Mordred. His portrayal, although close to being over the top, was truly outstanding. If ever there was a character you love to hate, it is Mordred.

Other notable and enjoyable performances were put in by John Van de Voort as Pellinore, Leah Albee as Morgan Le Fey, and Tracy McClung as Lady Elaine.

Costuming Camelot was a major undertaking and the costumers and costume crew deserve all the accolades possible for making the inhabitants of Camelot look so magnificent. Great job.

Tisha did an excellent job with the set design and staging of the show. Scene changes went smoothly and were seamless keeping the show running at a good pace. The use of the silhouetting for the fight scenes, a dance number, and other things was very well done. The lighting design enhanced the production setting
very nice moods and changes in scenery.

This was a very well put together production and I highly recommend that if you haven't seen it yet, come to the final weekend performance. It will be an evening well spent.

Camelot is being performed at the Leavenworth Performing Arts Center located on the corner of 5th & Delaware, Leavenworth, Kansas

Reservations can be made by calling (913) 682-7557

Ticket Price: adults $10; 12 & under $5; 62+ & groups 10+ $8

Leavenworth Performing Arts Center, 500 Delaware St,

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