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Camelot Theatre Company announces its 2012 season

Four musicals, three plays, five musical spotlights and a Conservatory musical highlight Camelot Theatre Company's 2012 season, announced Thursday by Artistic Director Livia Genise.

The season begins in January with "Spotlight on the USO," featuring the Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra and narration by Oregon Shakespeare Festival veteran Shirley Patton. The show runs Jan. 12-22.

"All The King's Men," By Robert Penn Warren, plays Feb. 1-26. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, the play examines the life of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political opportunist based on Gov. Huey Long.

Presila Quinby will star in "Spotlight on Mary Martin," showing March 1-11.

The first big musical of the season stars Livia Genise in "Gypsy," with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. The musical is suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee and plays March 21 through April 22.

The next offering will be "The King of City Island," by Los Angeles writer James Geoghan, May 2-27. Set in City Island, the Bronx, this funny and poignant play looks at petty gangsters, relationships, self-esteem and Tai Chi.

Camelot veterans Erik Connolly and Rebecca K. Campbell will star in "Spotlight on Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé," playing May 31 through June 10.

For its summer musical, Camelot will be bring back its 2006 sellout production of "1776," with many of the same cast members. It plays June 20 through July 22.

Camelot Conservatory will present "Anything Goes," with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and a revised book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman, July 26-29.

Camelot will then bring back its 2003 sellout production of "Woody Guthrie's American Song," conceived and adapted by Peter Glazer, playing Aug. 8 through Sept. 9.

Laura Derocher will star in "Spotlight on Linda Ronstadt," playing Sept. 13-23.

Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" will show Oct. 3-28. This Tony Award-winning play examines the two frontrunners for their party's presidential nomination.

Camelot regular Gayle Wilson will be bringing back her successful "Spotlight on Rosemary Clooney" Nov. 8-18.

Camelot will close its 2012 season with "Forty-Second Street" with music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin and a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, based on the novel by Bradford Ropes. "Forty-Second Street" will run Nov. 28 through Dec. 30.

Most ticket prices have been increased by $2 this season. Spotlights are $18 for previews and $22 for regular performances. Tickets for non-musical plays are $10 for previews, $20 for students and seniors and $22 for adults. Tickets for musicals are $12 for previews, $23 for students and seniors and $25 for adults. The Conservatory Production prices are $7 for students and $12 for adults.

Reserved seating adds $2 per ticket. To request a season brochure or to reserve tickets, call or visit the Camelot Theatre Company Box Office at 541-535-5250, ext. 1, from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, or visit Camelot's website at www.CamelotTheatre.org. Camelot's new James Morrison Collier Theatre Building is at 101 Talent Ave.