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Camelot Theatre Conservatory announces auditions

The Camelot Theatre will be holding auditions for its Summer Camp, including the student production the acclaimed "Once Upon a Mattress," with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and a book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer.

Admission to the camp is by audition only. Students need to prepare a short monologue (speech from a play) and a song from musical theatre. Camp includes 4 weeks of classes in acting, singing and dancing in taught by actively performing professionals.

All students will complete the camp with a professionally prepared monologue, song and resume, to enable them to audition for any theatre company in the Rogue Valley. Cost: $500 (Siblings each deduct $25) Audition Date: Saturday, April 7, 10-1:00 PM By Appointment Only! (Callbacks are the first two days of camp.) There are scholarships available.

"Once Upon a Mattress" (Directed and Choreographed by Rebecca Campbell; Musical Direction by Jennifer Schloming).

Ages: 7- 17 years old Cost: $500 (Siblings each deduct $25) Camp Dates: June 25 - July 29, 2007 Classes schedule: June 25 - July 20: Monday - Fridays 9-4: p.m. (No camp on July 4.) July 23-28 from 1- 9 p.m. Performance Dates: July 27 at 7 p.m., July 28 at 2 and 7 p.m. and July 29 at 2 p.m.

If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a walloping surprise. Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. For registration and further information, or to request a brochure or scholarship application, call Camelot Theatre at: 535-5250. Camp Information Camp includes 4 weeks of classes in acting, singing and dancing in the mornings and rehearsals for "Once Upon a Mattress" in the afternoon. The fifth week will consist of technical rehearsals and 4 performances. All students will complete the camp with a monologue and a song.

Camelot's Summer Camp faculty includes: Director, Choreographer, Dance Instructor: Rebecca Campbell Ms. Campbell was the Director of Dance at Pacific University in Portland where she taught Dance Composition, Modern, Jazz and Tap. Most recently she has choreographed "A Little Night Music," "Children of Eden," "Camelot" and "Zorba" for Camelot. For six years, she served as the choreographer for Pacific University working on such productions as "Mikado," "Everything Goes: A Musical Review," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Pirates of Penzance." Ms. Campbell has also worked extensively with children and youth in the performing arts through creative dance classes, dance camps and workshops as an instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and History with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from Pacific University. At CTC, Ms. Campbell has appeared in "A Little Night Music," "Master Class," "Zorba," "Sisters Rosensweig," and "Enchanted April." Ms. Campbell is a resident artist and choreographer at CTC. Acting Instructor and Coach: Renee Hewitt Ms. Hewitt has been acting and singing professionally since 1985. She studied for eleven years under the tutelage of New York and L.A. performers, including attending the American Conservatory Theatre's Summer Training Congress. Ms. Hewitt has worked extensively in the Bay Area and has appeared at Camelot in "Man of La Mancha," "The Miracle Worker," "A Little Night Music," "Oliver," "Born Yesterday," "Master Class," "Carnival" and "Enchanted April." Ms. Hewitt is resident artist and instructor for voice and acting at Camelot. Voice Instructor and Vocal Coach: Livia Genise A former Broadway actress, Ms. Genise has been a director and educator for over 20 years. She spent seven years as a Conservatory Director .in the Bay Area. A professional actress since 1969, Ms. Genise has received numerous acting awards. She has directed many productions at Camelot Theatre Company, including "Man of La Mancha," "1776," "Camelot," "Children of Eden," "Judgment at Nuremburg," "Annie "and "Oliver" and has appeared in "Into the Woods," "A Little Night Music," "Master Class," "Three Hotels" and "Wisdom of Eve." A graduate of SOU, Ms. Genise holds a B.F.A. in Vocal Performance. She is Artistic Director at Camelot. Musical Director/Accompanist: Jennifer Schloming With a long history in opera and classical music by way of Stanford University and Reed College, Ms. Schloming has been resident accompanist at the Rogue Opera since 1995. She has accompanied such groups as The Peace Choir, Siskiyou Singers and Ashland High School Choirs. At CTC, she has musical directed and accompanied "Into the Woods," "A Little Night Music," "Camelot," "Children of Eden," "Oliver" and "Carnival." Ms. Schloming is a resident artist and Musical Director at Camelot.