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Fleetwood Mac: 'Don't Stop'

Pegged after the rhythm section of John Mayall’s Bluebreakers — drummer Mick Fleetwood and bass guitarist John McVie — Fleetwood Mac arced from a no-frills, London blues band in 1968 to an iconic rock band still popular in today’s mainstream.

The band experienced a lineup of talented musicians, including guitarists Danny Kirwan and Bob Welch, but most notably singers and songwriters Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks, and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. The group — inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 — continues to sell millions of records internationally.

Fleetwood Mac celebrates 50 years of music this year with a new tour and a new 50-song collection: “50 Years — Don’t Stop.” Featuring hits and essentials from each studio album, it is the first exploration of the band’s full history on one album.

At the same time, Camelot Theatre puts Fleetwood Mac into the limelight, showcasing the band’s songs written and performed by the early and contemporary lineups of the group, including the McVies, Buckingham and Nicks, played by guitarist and pianist Robby Dacosta, bassist Steve Fein, drummer Tom Freeman, pianist and singer Brianna Gowland, guitarist Taran McGuire and singer Haley Forsyth.

Look for a song list of 22 favorites, including early Peter Green songs “Oh Well” and “Black Magic Woman” (the latter made popular in the ’60s by Santana); Welch’s “Sentimental Lady”; Christine McVies’ “Over My Head,” “You Make Loving Fun: and “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)”; Nicks’ “Landslide,” “Rhiannon,” “Gold Dust Woman” and “Gypsy”: Buckingham’s “Never Going Back Again”: and more.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Oct. 14, at the community theater, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $26 or $33 and can be purchased at camelottheatre.org or by calling 541-535-5250. Rush tickets are $20 and available 10 minutes before performances.

“I think the change to rock band from blues musicians was a sign of the times,” says show director Presila Quinby. “The band was parallel with the British rock invasion. Cynthia Rogan did a great job with the script. It was difficult to trace the band’s history because it’s lineup has changed so many times.

“What a rush of memories come over me when I hear Fleetwood Mac’s music,” Quinby says. “It’s been so nice to revisit it in rehearsals for this spotlight. Like so many of us, my youth was a time of great creativity, and hearing these great tunes again, I realize how influential this group was in my own creative process.

“Listening to them now, I have a new appreciation for the complexity and originality of some of their music. I may have had the tendency to write their music off as ‘pop’ music as I grew older. But hearing it now, I have a renewed respect for it. Especially for the women in the band. Not just pretty faces and pretty singers, but each a remarkable songwriter in her own right. That couldn’t have been easy in the beginning, earning that respect.”

Music direction is by Dal Carver, sound and video design is by Brian O’Connor, live sound engineering is by Jonathan Pratt, production management and lighting design is by Bart Grady, and video operations are by Danielle Hein.

Haley Forsythe, left, Robbie Dacosta and Brianna Gowland appear in "Spotlight on Fleetwood Mac," running through Oct. 14 at Camelot Theatre. Photo by Steve Sutfin