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Briarwood players to stage Camelot

Medieval England takes center stage this weekend as the Briarwood Academy Choral Department presents one of the world's most popular musicals, Camelot, at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, March 24 and March 25, in the Briarwood field house.


Sir Dinaden (Blake Stitcher) is brought to King Arthur (Joseph Baldwin) after being injured in the jousts as Sir Sagramore (Andrew Johnson) looks on during a scene in Briarwood Academy's performance of Camelot.

Tickets may be purchased in the school office or at the door the evening of the performance.

"Our leads are outstanding," said Chorus director Jeanie Joesbury, adding that approximately 85 students are in the play, which will feature not only the largest set, but also the most lavish costumes the Chorus has used in a musical.

Veteran Briarwood actors occupy the lead roles, according to Mrs. Joesbury. In his final role for the Briarwood Chorus, senior Joseph Baldwin will portray King Arthur, while junior Davis Griffin and freshman Brittany Ray will portray Lancelot and Guenevere.

The romantic musical features such memorable songs as Camelot, If Ever I Would Leave You, How to Handle a Woman, and I Loved You Once in Silence.

Les Reagan will play the piano and assist with the production. Briarwood senior Matthew Rivers is serving as choreographer.

Camelot is the tale of the magical and idealistic, romantic kingdom of the legendary King Arthur. King Arthur weds his chosen bride, Guenevere, and with her support and the tutorage of his magician, senior Jason Dunham as Merlyn, brings tranquility and justice to his domain with the establishment of the famous Round Table. Lancelot arrives to join King Arthur and falls in love with Queen Guenevere, who returns his affection. Out of deep respect and affection for the King, Lancelot leaves on quests, but eventually returns. Arthur's evil son, junior Chase Wilson as Mordred, who despises all of the good his father has accomplished, tricks Lancelot and Guenevere into a compromising situation, turning Arthur's just laws to his evil wants and forcing a war. Before the battle begins, King Arthur forgives Queen Guenevere and Lancelot, and then he finds a young man who aspires to join the Round Table and charges him with passing on to the next generations the ideals of Camelot.

Other featured actors in the production include Blake Stitcher as Sir Dinaden, Olivia Lyons as Lady Anne, Dave Joesbury as Squire Dap, Newt Powell as Tom of Warwick, Angela Kirkland as Lady Catherine, Heather Neal as Nimue, Ali Dyson as Lady Sybil, and Jennifer Douglas, Courtney Price, Amanda Rutkowski, Morgan Stuckey and Whitney McTier, as Ladies in Waiting, and Sierra Havrilla, Shannon Newsome, Hannah Wilson and Amanda Rutkowski as Tumblers.

Lords and Ladies of Camelot include Caitlin Burnside, Rachel Coxwell, Kristian Dawson, Ethan DeMore, Jennifer Douglas, Joy Dudley, Mary Ashley Gibson, Steven Gunn, Rhett Hinesley, Jessica House, Grace Blackmon-Hughes, Brett Jenkins, Maggie Keene, Mitch Langham, Whitney McTier, Garrett Mohr, Jennifer Morey, Shannon Newsome, Sarah Nutial, Caitlyn Quinn, Tabatha Raburn, Jamie Russell, Taylor Smith, Trey Stadler, Paige Sullivan, Erwin Wester Ashton Wiley, Brooke Wiley, Hannah Wilson, and Hunter Lampp.

Web posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006

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