Friday, November 17, 2006
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."
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/Silvershots.com
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