Thursday, June 21, 2012

The cast of "Camelot"

Sitting left to right: Preslea Laird, Ally Klein, Logan Landry, Amelia Bellard, Grace Toepfer
Kneeling left to right: Gabrielle Bergeron, John Burleigh, Jeanne Eddins, Travis Fontenot, Phillip Thompson, Heidi Pitre, Kristi Burleigh
Standing left to right: Natalie Lacombe, Jimmy Broussard, Katelyn LeBleu, Hedrick Deshotel, Duncan McBride, Angie B. McBride, Darrel LeJeune, Ryan Tate, Sharon Blakenship, Charles Seale holding Griff the dog, Jeanne Aucoin, and Debi L. Crawford
(Not all cast members are pictured)

     Singing and dancing fill the air as the cast for the summer musical, “Camelot”, is busy rehearsing at the Eunice Players’ Theatre. The legendary story of Camelot revolves around the relationship of King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table during the age of chivalry. This two-act musical, with music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, is under the direction of Debi L. Crawford of Eunice, a veteran director of summer musicals at the local theatre.
     Darrel LeJeune of Basile will play the lead role of the legendary, but flawed figure, King Arthur. He was last seen as The Mad Hatter in "Alice Meets Dorothy" but is probably most remembered for his portrayal of Tyve in the Eunice Players’ Theatre’s 2007 production of “Fiddler On The Roof."
     Playing his beloved Queen Guenevere is Angie B. McBride of Lawtell. She directed the past two summer musicals, and most audiences will recognize her as the lead in “Always…Patsy Cline”.
     The comedic role of King Pellinore will be played by Charles Seale of Eunice. He was most recently seen as the hilarious neighbor in the Eunice Players’ Theatre’s production of “Barefoot In The Park”.
     Duncan McBride of Lawtell will play the role of Lancelot du Lac. He has directed several shows at Opelousas Little Theatre where he is most noted for playing the lead in the musical “Jekyl and Hyde”.
     The role of the evil Mordred will be portrayed by Bradley Credeur of Lafayette. His acting resume include roles mainly at Opelousas Little Theatre but Bradley played the character role of the Scarecrow in the Eunice Players’ Theatre’s 2010 production of “Dorothy Meets Alice”.
     The Knights of the Round Table include Travis Fontenot of Ville Platte as Sir Dinadan; Wesley Saunders of Pine Prairie as Sir Sagremore; Hedrick Deshotel of Basile as Colgrevance; Phillip Thompson of Basile as Bliant; John Burleigh, of Ville Platte as Castor; Alex Bihm of Basile as Garreth; and Wayne Hebert of Lafayette as Gilliam. Playing the character role of Squire Dap is Gabe Ortego of Eunice and the role of the pageboy is portrayed by Ryan Tate of Pine Prairie. The role of the young boy, Tom of Warwick, will be played by Traelyn Brasseaux of Iota.
     The Ladies in Waiting include Sharon Blakenship of Bayou Chicot as Lady Anne; Amy Maricle of Bayou Chicot as Lady Sybil, and Jeanne Eddins, of Iota as Lady Catherine. Other Ladies in Waiting include Kristi Burleigh of Ville Platte, Heidi Pitre of Eunice; Gabrielle Bergeron of Basile, Katelyn LeBleu of Basile; Jeanne Aucoin, of Eunice, and Natalie LaCombe of Opelousas.
     The Young Maidens are Grace Toepfer, Logan Landry, Ally Klein, and Amelia Bellard all from Eunice and Caroline Martel and Preslea Laird of Basile.
     The character role of the Great Wizard, Merlin, will be magically performed by Donald Chapman of Eunice. The role of the beautiful siren, Imue, will be portrayed by Holly Bell of New Orleans and the role of the enchantress of the forest, Morgan LeFey, will be portrayed by Suzanne LaHaye of Eunice.
     “Camelot” is under the musical direction of Angie McBride with Jimmy Broussard of Crowley as accompanist. This musical is schedule to run July 25 – 28, 31 and August 1, 2, and 4 with curtain at 7 pm. There will be a Sunday matinee on July 29 at 2 pm. Tickets for this magical show will go on sale on Monday, July 9 for $10.00 per seat. Please note that the musical is not part of the season ticket program. For ticket information, please call Turning Point at 337-457-2156 or David’s Hair Salon at 337-546-0163.

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