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Friday, November 17, 2006


Queen Guenevere (Katherine Sandoval Taylor), King Arthur (Tedford Armistead) and King Pellinore (Chuck Holleman) watch the tournament from the regal podium as the Knights and Ladies of the Court describe the action in "The Jousts."
"Don't let it be forgot,
that once there was a spot . . . "

Camelot has come to Carlisle in an effervescent production that pairs the stellar musicality of the Savoyard Light Opera Company (SLOC) with the gorgeous lyrics and score of Lerner and Loewe. Carlisle's own Tedford Armistead portrays a King Arthur whose voice is eloquent, whether he is wooing a young Queen Guenevere or watching his dream of a united Round Table shattered by love. The luminous Katherine Sandoval Taylor wows the audience as Guenevere, running the gamut from coquettish to regal to sorrowful with a soaring soprano. She seems imbued with her own spotlight. Just as skillfully, Chris Charron executes a perfect balance between arrogance and true devotion as Lancelot, bringing humor to "C'est Moi" with a pitch-perfect oblivious manner.

King Pellinore from Carlisle

Speaking of the humorous touch, another Carlisle resident, Chuck Holleman, is a treat as King Pellinore, staunch (if occasionally delusional) friend of King Arthur and a great comic foil throughout the show. Morgan Le Fey is beautifully personified by Laura Schall Gouillart, an SLOC stalwart who couldn't strike a wrong note if she tried. Patrick Boyd's Mordred oozes slyness and manipulation as he exerts an evil influence over the Knights of the Round Table in the raucous "Fie on Goodness."

In "Take Me to the Fair," Guenevere dances with Sir Lionel (Keith Daniel) after he agrees to challenge Lancelot in the tournament.
King Arthur urges Tom of Warwick (Cameron Reid) to spread the legend of Camelot in the finale of the play.
The Knights and Ladies of the Court make for a powerful supporting cast, in vocal talent as well as in dancing prowess, especially in "The Lusty Month of May." They do an exceptionally fine job with a difficult scene in "The Jousts," where it is their responsibility to relate action that is going on offstage (in a similar manner to another Lerner and Loewe production number, "The Ascot Race" from My Fair Lady). Facial expressions, body language and marvelous singing convey the dramatic and dire events of the tournament in a powerful way. Joining her father Philip Drew, another virtuoso SLOC veteran, is Evie Drew, who proves in her debut that talent can definitely be inherited.

An earnest Tom of Warwick

Special mention should go to young Cameron Reid of Carlisle, who portrays an earnest Tom of Warwick, sent by Arthur to tell the story of Camelot to anyone who will listen. Reid, who also serves as a member of the chorus and as a young Watt in a flashback, shows true acting chops and will hopefully be seen on Carlisle's stage again soon.

All photos by Brian Silverstein/

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito