The Accolade
Lerner & Loewe, 1960
Sun Dec 8, 1:30-4:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
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There has never been nor will there ever be a story so tragic while so uplifting, so epic while so human, than that of King Arthur, Guenevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. Life at Camelot for King Arthur and his Queen, Guenevere is idyllic until the arrival of dashing knight Lancelot sets in motion events that forever change the course of the entire realm. Adapted from the last 3 books of T.H. White’s epic The Once and Future King, Lerner and Loewe's 1960 musical Camelot unfolds the story of the greatest love triangle of all time over a lush and romantic score that includes such classic songs as “The Lusty Month Of May", "C'est Moi", "How To Handle A Woman", "The Seven Deadly Virtues", "What Do The Simple Folk Do?" and “If Ever I Would Leave You.”
Camelot is a setting of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The play opens with the arrival of Guenevere in Camelot. Come to marry Arthur, she is greeted festively by the Court. Arthur himself, who is both shy and nervous, is not present. He is hiding in the nearby woods ("I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight?"). Guenevere has come to the woods, having slipped away from the ceremony. She is uncertain about herself and her future ("Simple Joys of Maidenhood"). She stumbles into Arthur without knowing he is her future husband. After telling her about life in Camelot ("Camelot"), Arthur discloses his identity. Since they are both immediately charmed with the other, they are delighted at the thought of becoming husband and wife.
In his palace in Camelot Arthur learns from Merlyn the wisdom of peace and brotherhood, and thus is inspired to establish the Round Table. The news of this reaches young Lancelot in France, who is determined to come to Camelot and join Arthur's knights ("C'est Moi"). After he arrives, a gala outing takes place on the castle grounds ("The Lusty Month of May"), where Arthur introduces his wife to Lancelot. Guenevere takes an instant dislike to this cocky young fellow and instigates him to engage three knights of the Round Table in a jousting match ("Then You May Take Me to the Fair"). In vain does Arthur try to dissuade Guenevere from taking sides against Lancelot, and failing to do so, is completely at a loss to understand a woman's way ("How to Handle a Woman").
In the jousting match Lancelot handily defeats all three knights, to the amazement of his onlookers, and to the growing admiration of Guenevere. Lancelot meanwhile has fallen in love with the Queen. Torn by inner conflict between this love and his devotion to Arthur, he asks permission to leave Camelot for foreign conquests. He comes back to Camelot two years later, and in an impressive ceremony Arthur now makes him a Knight of the Round Table. Arthur is not unaware that Lancelot is still in love with Guenevere, nor has he failed to notice that by now his queen is strongly attracted to the young, handsome knight. Yet he must remain silent, for not to do so would be to disturb the tranquility of Camelot. Meanwhile, Lancelot reveals to Guenevere his tender feelings for her ("If Ever I Would Leave You"). Guenevere is responsive. Nevertheless, she remains faithful to Arthur, and is his helpmate in carrying on the affairs of State ("What Do Simple Folks Do").
Mordred, Arthur's illegitimate son, now comes to Camelot to dishonour the King and thus gain the throne for himself. He prevails on his sorceress-aunt, Morgan le Fey, to trap Arthur in a forest one night. While Arthur is gone, Lancelot visits Guenevere in her chambers, where she breaks down and tells Lancelot how much she loves him ("I Loved You Once in Silence"). Mordred bursts into the room with some of the Knights of the Round Table to accuse Lancelot of treachery and to imprison him. Lancelot succeeds in escaping from prison, but Guenevere is sentenced to burn. At the zero hour, however, she is saved by Lancelot, who takes her off with him to France.
For the sake of his own honour and that of Camelot, Arthur must now wage war on France. Just before the final battle he meets Lancelot and Guenevere, and forgives them both. But the war must go on. In camp, Arthur meets a young stowaway who wants to join the Round Table. Arthur knights him on the field of battle and sends him back to England to grow up there and carry on for another generation the ideals of Camelot.
Event Personnel
Creative Team
Richard H. Jessup, director
Robert Ashens, music director & conductor
Laura Sue Hiszczynskyj, choreographer
Mark Huisenga, set design
Chas King, Arthur
Shannon Coltrane, Guenevere
Matt Musgrove, Lancelot
Tyler Ankenman, Merlin, Mordred
Ron Daum, Pellinore
Janet Whitlow, Morgan le Fey
Thomas Grigsby, Tom of Warwick
Marcee Shriver Long, Nimue
George Comstock, Sir Lionel
Laura Sue Hiszczynskyj, Lady Anne
Matthew Leach, Squire Dap
Conor O'Brien, Sir Sagramore
Matthew Woodward, Sir Dinaden
Female Ensemble
Male Ensemble
Scenes & Musical Numbers
 I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Arthur
 The Simple Joys Of Maidenhood
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Guenevere
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Arthur
 Camelot (reprise)
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Arthur, Guenevere
 Follow Me
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Nimue
 C'est Moi
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Lancelot
 The Lusty Month Of May
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Guenevere, ensemble
 Then You May Take Me To The Fair
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Guenevere, Sir Lionel, Sir Sagramore, Sir Dinaden
 How To Handle A Woman
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Arthur
 The Jousts
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Arthur, Guenevere, ensemble
 Before I Gaze At You Again
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Guenevere
 If Ever I Would Leave You
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Lancelot
 The Seven Deadly Virtues
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Mordred
 What Do The Simple Folk Do?
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Arthur, Guenevere
 Fie On Goodness
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Mordred, knights
 I Loved You Once In Silence
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Guenevere
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) ensemble
 Camelot (reprise)
(1960) Camelot Alan Jay Lerner (w) Frederick Loewe (m) Arthur

Associate Events
Sunday Dec 8
12:00 pmPre-Show Lunch
Ticket/Venue Info
Camelot Ticket Prices
Discount Prices
A42.00  38.00  35.75  33.75  21.00 
B34.00  30.75  29.00  27.25  17.00 
C26.00  23.50  22.25  21.00  13.00 
D20.00  18.00  17.00  16.00  10.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
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