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Chivalry shines in theater performance of ‘Camelot’

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Honor, chivalry and deception are a recipe for success at the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre for its production of the Broadway classic “Camelot” now playing live on stage through Oct. 10.

Based on the T.H. White Arthurian fantasy novel The Once and Future King, “Camelot” tells the story of King Arthur, his Queen Guenevere, Merlyn the magician, the gallant Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table.

The play has some memorable music including “Camelot” and “If Ever I Should Leave You” as well as “What Do the Simple Folk Do.”

King Arthur has an idealistic vision of harmony and justice in his enchanted Camelot, but it is destroyed by the misplaced passion, greed and jealousy of those in his kingdom. In the end, Arthur’s enduring hope is that his beloved Camelot will always be remembered.

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s own Douglas E. Stark stars as the legendary King Arthur.

Krista Severeid plays the beautiful Queen Guenevere with her real-life husband, Tony Lawson, in the role of the fearless Lancelot. That marriage must have been made in musical heaven because their voices are as magical as Camelot itself.

Also joining the cast is B&B regular performer Jeff Stockberger, who plays the mysterious Merlyn and the comical King Pellinore. Danny Kingston is the undermining Mordred. Kingston plays the role with just the right amount of nastiness.

The show is directed by Eddie Curry, with musical direction by Terry Woods and choreography by Doug King.

Book and lyrics are by Alan Jay Lerner, with music by Frederick Loewe.

Tickets range from $35 to $58, and include a specially prepared buffet, with a fruit and salad bar.

For reservations, call the Beef & Boards box office at (317) 872-9664. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays.

The theater is located at 9301 N. Michigan Rd. For more information or show schedule, visit www.beefandboards.com.

You can e-mail comments to Jack Sales at Jack-recorder@indy.rr.com.

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