I have to admit I had very high expectations for this show.
First…it is one of my favorite musicals of all time.
Second…I know the score from the original and was familiar with the story since it was my utter obsession in 8th grade.
Third…I interviewed the cast during rehearsals and was impressed with their enthusiasm.
So here we go.
In a season that saw both triumphs and a few mis-steps, Camelot is the show that brought home the bacon this year.
I may boldly say that this production was among the finest I have seen since my first day at the theater all the way back in 2011.
You see for me, theater is about acting. You can have marvelous sets and costumes and lighting and music (and we will touch on all of that) but without the acting…there is no theater.
In a role tailor-made for the talents of Christoph David Cording, he did not disappoint. While he self-admittedly is not a singer, he can hold a tune and that is all that was needed. His ACTING carried the performance and the show. He WAS King Arthur and he was also Wort and the emotional transitions that he brought to the performance made you feel every ounce of his fears, self-doubt and agonies. I can not think of anyone from our local talent pool that could carry a role like this that requires such emotional depth. I was in awe.
Oh Alan Martin. How handsome you are and oh can you sing. And we will miss you on our stage. Fare the well event to come the last week of June for sure. The singing and the gallantry was reminiscent of Gaston from Beast and you electrified the stage with your presence.
Welcome Brenna Castor. I hope you do more with TL because you brought a wonderful interpretation to the character of Guenevere.
Welcome back Jim Tuchscherer! You slayed the role of Pellinore. Any time you want to take on King Lear, let me know.
It was a treat to see Steven J Fendt and Bob Newton dance around the stage and also watching Charles E. Whitman perform again reminded me that the curtain never falls on a thespian. Mario Bonilla is omni-present in shows at TL and never disappoints.
Kyle J Tichenor and Tony Console were absolutely delightful in multiple roles with dancing grace and fun supporting expressiveness. Tony…I sure hope we get to hear you sing more often. Anytime you want to join me for karaoke, the mic is yours. You need a role my brother.
Finally, Secily Rees did a magnificent job of capturing the spirit of Morgan Le Fey. I would also like to see her play Glenda the good witch some day. (Hey that rhymes!)
James LaRocca was a little too campy for my taste as Mordred but I suppose such a vile character requires that excess to be believable.
Now, let’s go back stage.
Mary Baker and her orchestra did a magnificent job capturing an often challenging score. The musicians were able to keep up and even more impressive was the fact that they perform in the basement while watching the show via video without being on or near the stage.
Jane Frances Swalwell Pennington continues her costuming win streak. I honestly believe there is no challenge too great for the mighty seamstress. If we ever decided to have a Lawrence RenFest…Jane already has the garb. Well done madame.
James Diemer has raised the bar for every production since his arrival at TL a few years back. From lighting to staging to props, every show continues to exceed its predecessor. It takes a very trained eye to notice the detailed intricacies of the stones and columns but the hard work was evident to me and it enhanced the show without stealing its thunder. Bravo.
Leave it to a radio guy to handle sound properly please. That’s what I have said for 30 years. Bob Newton knows his sound and was masterful at using fading, distance and specific speakers to convey time, distance and emotion in this production. Given the show’s emotional complexity and transcendental overtones, the sound was a critical cast member and it shined.
Last but not least…the director. A good director can make or break a show. This is where we have had a few bumps in the road over the years at TL. But Mary Doveton can literally save and raise any production despite its challenges. There were very few challenges with this cast but the timing, the blocking and the movement was spot on. Camelot was a masterpiece thanks to the attention to detail put into the show. And kudos to you Mrs. Doveton for putting “Fie On Goodness” back into the show. It’s a masterful number and these boys nailed it. The touring production has cut several numbers due to the show’s excessive run time and that one has sadly hit the cutting room floor too often.
So. Camelot! Yes Camelot. A most enchanting place and a wonderful show with a wonderful cast. It runs loooonnnggg folks but go to the bathroom before you take your seat, buy two bottles of water to get through the show and enjoy every last drop of it because it is worth it. Entertaining. Engaging. Moving.
Bravo Theatre Lawrence. One of your best…ever. More like this one please!
Bob Billings and Kasold across from 23rd Street Brewery
Address: 2201 W 25th St h, Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: (785) 551-8878
Address: 2201 W 25th St h, Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: (785) 551-8878
Nate Mitchell Plays 6 Mile Chophouse Sat May 26th 2018 from 6p-9p on the patio
Welcome to Wednesday and a whole new list of possibilities at Checkers Foods with their new weekly specials.
Cook up something good! https://lnkd.in/eaDtipH
Visit Shana Cake at 914 Mass Street downtown Lawrence, KS
The Sacred Flame of Healing is within.
Welcome to Merkaba Wellness Center and Spa. We offer healing practices that honor varied world traditions from Africa, Hawai’i Thailand, Sweden, China, India & the Americas.
We strive to provide a sanctuary for people of all cultures, spiritual beliefs and intersections to heal, be restored and honored, protecting the sacred flame of life in every being.
For immediate emergency storm response and preventive maintenance, call JC Tree Service at 785-418-7428
Welcome to India Palace, Lawrence’s premier destination for fresh, authentic Indian cuisine. We offer a wide array of traditional Indian dishes with both meat and vegetarian options, available for carryout or delivery. Come visit us today in Downtown Lawrence. Visit www.indiapalacelawrence.com or come to the restaurant at 10th and New Hampshire.
From business lunches to rehearsal dinners, our private dining rooms are available upon request.
Alternative seating and table arrangements are optional.
Each room is equipped with flat screen TV’s.
BOOK AN EVENT!
CONTACT SAM HAMM BRONOSKI FOR MORE INFORMATION: 785.592.0404
Have a listen:
Chatted with Barry Lee this morning about the Beatles Tribute Concert May 12th at Lawrence Arts Center to benefit Audio-Reader Network
Tickets are $35. Visit liberthall.net to purchase
A New Driving School for Lawrence, Kansas!
The easiest way to obtain a learner’s permit or a driver’s license without testing involved at the DMV.
Mention HITS and take $15 off tuition
Severe weather season is officially here and our trees can cause damage to our homes, property and lives.
Trust the team at JC Tree Service for prevention, maintenance and clean up.
When severe weather strikes NE Kansas, count on the Storm Response Team at JC Tree Service. Call 785-418-7428 for 24/7 response, cleanup and preventive care programs.
Chops Comics opens April 3rd in the Orchard Corners Shopping Center!
If you missed the 2018 Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade, please click below to watch:
Jay talks with Chris Tilden, Director of Community Health, about the recent drop for Douglas County in quality of life rankings in Kansas. Douglas County now ranks 6th in length of life, down 3 from 2017 and 68th in quality of life down 40 from 2017. For more information, visit
to find out what the county plans to do to improve.
March Madness on LawrenceHits. Click on the link, fill out your bracket by selecting artists from the dropdown menus. Then save a copy and send it to email@example.com. #free #lfk #marchmadness #contest
One entry per email address
In this episode of the Amanda’s Travel Podcast, Amanda shares the best of Royal Carribean.
In this episode of the Amanda’s Travel Podcast, Amanda gives us all the secrets for having the best time in Hawaii!
In this episode of Amanda’s Travel Podcast, Amanda from Amanda’s Travels, answers all your questions about Disney world & Disney Land!
The Big Spring Fling is here…check it out before ACRCA is sold out
The inaugural podcast finds Jay having lunch at Picklemans with Hilary Brown
Kristen Ryan is the Principal of Southwest Middle School in USD 497 in Lawrence, Kansas. She chats with Jay Wachs about the school, its traditions and 2nd semester. Mrs. Ryan can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 785-832-5550.
Shop Brits at 929 Mass Street in Downtown Lawrence Kansas for Valentine’s Day. Tea, tea biscuits, tea cups and accessories and much more.
Visit www.lawrencestpatricksdayparade.com to register.
Don’t miss this year’s event at Maceli’s on March 2nd. Visit www.tihc/events to purchase tickets.
Jay chats with Director Teri Smith about the preparedness events leading up to severe weather season in Douglas County Kansas
JC Tree Service serves Northeast Kansas and the KC metro area. Schedule your FREE estimate today at 785-418-7428
Enjoy brunch Sundays from 10am to 3pm at Six Mile Chophouse
Brad Sledd has been in the beauty industry for 7 years working behind the chair. Starting in 2016 he took on an educational role with Pureology Serious Colour Care, a professional haircare line. Working and training under some of the industries top stylist, his passion for the beauty industry and helping people look and feel good about themselves drives his love in his work.
It was an honor to be nominated for best radio station in Lawrence
If you like Lawrencehits.com please consider voting for us
Kate Meghji talks with Jay Wachs about a recent grant received by the Lawrence Humane Society and the overall progress on the capital campaign for the new building
Lawrence Arts Center
SATURDAY JANUARY 27TH AT ROYAL CREST LANES
Click here for more details
February 6 | 9pm
He is not white. He’s not even light-skinned. Make no mistake about it; he is black. Yet, Klan-Destine Relationships author and Accidental Courtesy star, Daryl Davis has come in closer contact with members of the Ku Klux Klan than most white non-members and certainly most blacks — short of being on the wrong end of a rope. What’s more? He continues to do so, making him one of the most unique lecturers on the speaking circuit today.
Over the last twenty-five years, Daryl Davis has walked on the edge with one foot dangling over the precipice. His stories of setting up surprise meetings with Klan leaders unaware of his skin color and attending KKK rallies, has the suspense of Hitchcock, keeping audiences riveted to their seats in disbelief. He is one man successfully taking on the oldest (150 years) and most racist and organization in the United States, by himself.
On Friday January 5th, 2018 several members of our representative body serving in the legislature in Topeka were invited to a breakfast at Maceli’s. The purpose was for them to hear from constituents at KU, USD 497, The City of Lawrence, Douglas County and The Chamber about what
Call 842-4200 or visit www.meadowbrookapartments.net for details