Camelot Theatre Company, 101 Talent Ave., Talent, will present the first play in its 2009 season, "Bullshot Crummond," by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Sherman, John Neville-Andrews and Derek Cunningham. "Bullshot Crummond" previews at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, and runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through March 1.
The play is a parody of low-budget 1930s detective movies based on the books about a wealthy World War I officer-turned detective Bulldog Drummond written in the 1920s by Herman Cyril McNeile. Teutonic villain Otto von Brunno and his evil mistress, Lenya, crash their plane in the English countryside and kidnap Professor Fenton who has discovered a formula for making synthetic diamonds. It's Bullshot Crummond to the rescue.
Camelot's production is directed by its producing director and artistic associate, Doug Warner, who also appears as Otto Von Bruno, the second-most-dangerous man in Europe and Salvatore Scalicio, a Chicago gangster. Says Warner in a press release, "The audience sees that the story line never adds up, the characters are ridiculous stereotypes, and many of the spectacular actions, taken from a movie screenplay format, can't possibly work as a live theatre piece. And that's what gives the play its comedic opportunities "¦ and the actors and designers are milking everyone of those opportunities! We've had a blast!"
Formerly the producing director at Mendocino Theatre Company, Warner has extensive acting, directing and designing credits and joined Camelot's staff three years ago. At Camelot he appeared in "The Beard of Avon," "The 1940s Radio Hour," "The Dresser" and "An American Daughter." He directed "Sockdology," "The Miracle Worker," 2007's summer musical, "The Spitfire Grill" and 2008's "Dancing at Lughnasa."
"Bullshot Crummond" also features Camelot veterans Presila Quinby (Lenya von Bruno), Bart Grady (Algy Longwort, former Royal Loamshire officer and friend to Crummond), Brian O'Connor (Professor Rupert Fenton, famous scientist; Inspector Scabbard of Scotland Yard; and Wolfgang Schmidt, master of disguise), Tara Watkins (Rosemary Fenton, young English Lady) and Brandon Byron Manley (Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond, ex-officer of His Majesty's Royal Loamshires).
Quinby was seen most recently at Camelot as Kate in "Dancing at Lughnasa" and as Mrs. Muzzy in "Sockdology." She has been seen in many other Camelot Productions such as "Inherit the Wind," "A Little Night Music" and "An American Daughter." Quinby has appeared twice on Broadway in "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "The Secret Garden" and was in the national tour of "Blood Brothers" with Petula Clark and David Cassidy.
After a 10-year hiatus from the stage, Grady joined the cast of "Children of Eden" as a Storyteller. Since then, he has appeared in Camelot productions of "Camelot," "1776," "Man of La Mancha" and "Sockdology."
O'Connor appeared at Camelot in 2006 in "An American Daughter." He has since appeared on stage in "1776," "The Beard of Avon," "Into The Woods," "Shakespeare In Hollywood," "Sockdology" and as the narrator for Spotlights on Judy Garland, Mel Tormè and The Blues. O'Connor also is a local radio personality.
Watkins recently played Hamm in "Endgame" in Southern Oregon University's student-directed projects; appeared in SOU's mainstage productions of "Ring Round the Moon" and "Metamorphoses"; and played the Princess in "Many Moons." Watkins appeared at Camelot in "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Shakespeare in Hollywood." She is majoring in theatre arts at SOU.
Manley has appeared in nine productions at Camelot Theatre, most recently as Oswald in "1984" and Mr. Dobitch in "Promises, Promises." His other appearances include Gerry Evans in "Dancing at Lughnasa," William Ferguson in "Sockdology," Sidney Purvis in "Meet Me in St. Louis" and Daryl in "Shakespeare in Hollywood."
The production team for Bullshot Crummond includes Camelot's resident designers costumer Emily Ehrlich Inget; set designer, properties master and master carpenter Don Zastoupil; lighting designer Bart Grady and sound designer Brian O'Connor. Stage management is by Taja Watkins; assistant stage manager is Tatiana Watkins.
Tickets are $10 for the Thursday preview. All other regular performances are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors.
Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket. There is a pay-what-you-can performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.
Tickets are available online at CamelotTheatre.org, by phone or in person at the theater box office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. Call 535-5250.