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A Little Night Music in the air at Camelot

March 16, 2006

Camelot Theatre Company opens the first musical of its 2006 season, the Tony Award and Grammy Award winning &

A Little Night Music.&

Originally produced and directed by Hal Prince, &

A Little Night Music&

has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. With a smile on its lips, flirtation in its eye and a sweet melancholy in its heart, &

A Little Night Music&

waltzes into a turn-of-the-century Sweden suffused with love. This lilting three-quarter time adaptation of Ingmar Bergman&

s film &

Smiles Of A Summer Night&

traces the myriad forms of desire from the tender blossoming of inexperience to the startled rekindling of long-forgotten passion. And the night does smile &

for the very young, the very foolish and the very old.

CTC veteran Scott Honeywell directs Camelot Theatre Company&

s production of &

A Little Night Music,&

with musical direction by Jennifer Schloming and choreography by Rebecca Campbell. Honeywell is a professional actor and member of Actors&

Equity since 1986. Holding a B.A. in drama from the University of Montana, his career began in the Seattle Repertory Theatre&

s ensemble. Substantial roles followed throughout northwest regional theatre from Bo in &

Bus Stop&

at Tacoma Actors Guild, to El Gallo in &

The Fantasticks&

at Eugene Festival. Says director Honeywell: &

Sondheim, Wheeler, and Prince agreed that their collaboration would include original music, celebrate romance and foolishness, and borrow from Bergman&

s film &

Smiles of a Summer Night.&

Composer, author, and director did not entirely agree on a concept. Sondheim favored a dark composition in keeping with the film&

s mood; Prince imagined a Chekhovian style musical; Wheeler drew inspiration from Shakespeare&

s Puck, &

Lord what fools these mortals be&

and maintains that their creative process was all the richer for its variety of visions. Camelot offers you its own creative collaboration. May it warm the heart, delight the senses and send you waltzing on your way.&

&

A Little Night Music&

stars CTC Artistic Director Livia Genise as Desiree Armfeldt, Priscilla Quinby as Charlotte, Don Mathews as Fredrick Egerman and Bob Miner as Count Carl-Magnus. A former Broadway actress, Ms. Genise has appeared in over 150 plays and musicals. At Camelot, she has starred in &

The Heidi Chronicles,&

&

Master Class,&

&

The Music Lesson,&

&

Zorba!&

&

The Wisdom of Eve&

and in Spotlights on Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline and Bonnie Raitt. An Equity actress for over 31 years, Quinby last appeared at Camelot as Susan in &

the Heidi Chronicles,&

Sarah in &

The Sisters Rosensweig,&

as Peggy Lee in Spotlight on Peggy Lee and as the Widow in &

Zorba!&

Currently a voice teacher and member of the music faculty at SOU, Mathews starred as Lancelot in &

Camelot,&

Father in &

Children of Eden&

and has appeared in numerous Rogue Valley productions, including &

South Pacific,&

&

The Fantasticks,&

and &

Our Town.&

Miner appeared as Harmonica Bob on Television for 4 years. He moved to Ashland to perform &

Pump Boys and Dinettes&

at the Cabaret Theatre in 1999 and has also performed leading roles in many other musicals including &

Jesus Christ Superstar,&

&

1776,&

&

Man of La Mancha,&

and &

Guys On Ice.&

Anne Egerman is played by Marian Z. Horton, a 2001 graduate of Linfield College with a BA in Vocal Performance. Other performances include Irene in &

Crazy for You&

with RMT, Sister Amnesia in &

Nunsense&

with Connect the Dots, and as Isabel in &

Pirates of Penzance&

for Rogue Opera.

CTC veterans Dianna Warner and Rebecca Campbell appear as Madame Armfelt and Petra, the lusty maid, respectively. Warner&

s credits include &

Into the Woods,&

&

South Pacific,&

and &

Sweeney Todd&

at Rogue Music Theatre. She recently appeared in Camelot&

s productions of &

Enchanted April,&

and &

The Sisters Rosensweig.&

Campbell has appeared as Sharon, the second soprano in &

Master Class&

and as Rose in &

Enchanted April.&

Tony Laughlin, recently seen as Mordred, the medieval delinquent in &

Camelot,&

plays Henrick Egerman. Double-cast as Frekrika Armfeldt are Mandy Andersen and Brianna Houck. Last seen as Yonah in &

Children of Eden,&

Andersen was Maja in &

The Music Lesson&

and Stanley in &

The 1940&

s Radio Hour.&

A North Medford High junior, Houck appeared as Emily in &

Our Town&

and, at CTC, in the ensemble of &

Children of Eden&

and as Kat in &

The Music Lesson.&

Chandler Beattie, Sir Lionel in CTC&

s &

Camelot,&

appears as the butler, Frid. The five Lieder Singers (the chorus) are Kelly Hammond, Janeen Hillbrink, Marcia Katzmar, Rose Passione and Tom McReynolds. Hammond, a student at Ashland High School, was last seen as Belle in &

Ah, Wilderness!&

She has also performed in many local productions, including &

Mame,&

&

Anything Goes,&

&

The Sound of Music,&

and &

Annie.&

A former music teacher, Hilbrink holds her Masters and Bachelors degrees in Music Performance and Education. She recently appeared as Fontine in &

Les Miserables&

produced by Connect the Dots. Hilbrink has performed both lead and support roles in numerous opera and musical theater productions and performed solo and choral works with Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, Rogue Valley Chorale, Rogue Opera and Rogue Music. Music director for several OCPA productions including &

Wizard of Oz,&

&

Godspell,&

and &

Charlotte&

s Web,&

Katzmar&

s most recent role was Esther in Arthur Miller&

s &

The Price&

at ACT. Passione earned her bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from George Fox University. Favorite roles include Dolly Levi in &

Hello Dolly,&

Bertha in &

Pippin,&

and the Baker&

s Wife in &

Into the Woods.&

A life-long singer, McReynolds musical performances along side his family have been his primary stage experience with minor acting roles through the years.

Musicians Lori Calhoun and Lisa Trulove join Jennifer Schloming in the orchestra pit. The production team for &

A Little Night Music&

include stage manager John Simutis and Camelot&

s resident designers: costumer Emily Ehrlich Inget, set designer and master carpenter Don Zastoupil, lighting designer Bart Grady and sound designer Charles Cherry.

&

A Little Night Music&

previews Thursday at 8 p.m., opens Friday and runs through April 16. All Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and all Sundays at 2 p.m., with a special Pay-What-You-Can performance on Wednesday, March 22 at 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $12 for previews. All other regular performances are $17 for students and seniors and $19 for Adults. Tickets are available through the Camelot box office, located at the corner of Talent Ave and Main St in Talent. NEW Box Office hours are Monday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and one hour before performances. To reserve tickets, call the Camelot Theatre Company Box Office at 535-5250.