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‘Happily-ever-aftering’: Millbrook main stage summer season opens with ‘Camelot’

MILL HALL — With a score that encapsulates love, lust and betrayal, Millbrook Playhouse officials are excited to open the Ryan Main Stage summer season with this Broadway hit.

The beloved Lerner and Loewe musical “Camelot,” reimagined to suit a more intimate audience, has Millbrook’s board of directors, Artistic Director David Leidholdt and General Manager David Gritzner brimming with pride for Friday’s anticipated season opening, according to a recent press release.

Borrowing from the Arthurian legends, Camelot is the fantastical masterpiece that triumphed on Broadway, leading to a film version and numerous revivals in New York, London and elsewhere around the globe.

Love, lust, and betrayal are wrapped in Lerner and Loewe’s lavish score, according to the press release. The show’s Original Broadway Cast Album topped the charts for 60 weeks, with a rich score boasting such gems as “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “The Lusty Month of May” and “Camelot.”

An idealistic young King Arthur hopes to create a kingdom built on honor and dignity, embodied by his Knights of the Round Table. However, his ideas are tested when his lovely queen, Guenevere, falls in love with the young knight, Lancelot, and the kingdom’s fate hangs in the balance.

This production is reimagined as a “play-within-a-play” and told by a band of eight traveling Revelers, and it is perfectly adapted for the more intimate Ryan Main Stage.

After her triumphant run in Side Kicked, Shannon Agnew takes the reigns as director for this innovative production.

The eight Revelers who take on all the roles in Camelot include Steve Aguirre as Dinadan, Cale Blakely as Lionel, Zoe Constantinades as Guenevere, Michael Floriano as Lancelot, Tyler Gallaher as Sagramore, Golden Garnick as Arthur, Adeleke Goring as Mordred and Zachary Spafford as Tom.

The talented behind-the-scenes team includes set design by Valeriya Nedviga, costume design by Stephanie Parks, lighting design by Caleb Stroman and props design by David Singleton. The production stage manager is Ericka Conklin and the stage management interns are Erin Fallon and Alexandra Marusko.

Camelot runs Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, and July 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm, as well as on June 26, 29, and July 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchase at the box office Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by phone, 570-748-8083, and online at www.millbrookplayhouse.org.

Adult tickets are $27.50, senior and veteran/military tickets are $23.50, student (13 to college) tickets are $18.25, and youth (12 and under) tickets are $12.50.

Season flex passes also are still available. Save 5% on a four-show package of $100-$105. An eight-show package is $166, a 25% discount. Ticket exchanges are available 24 hours before the show and cost $5. Flex package holders get them free.

Cocktails and drink specials are available at the Stage Right Bar before the show.

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