To celebrate the holidays, Camelot Theatre Company will present the musical, "Brigadoon." With book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, "Brigadoon" has won multiple Tony Awards each time it has appeared on Broadway. It premiered in 1947 and was revived in 1957, 1963, and 1981. In 1954, Vincente Minnelli directed a movie version starring Gene Kelly, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse.

"Brigadoon" previews at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 (a fundraiser for the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team, all tickets are $20) and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 ($12). The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 and runs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5-31. There is a pay-what-you-can performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, and a special Christmas Eve matinee at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. New Year's Eve Gala tickets are an additional $25 and include a catered buffet, wine, champagne or cider and dancing with a live combo until 2 a.m. There is no performance Dec. 25.

In the foggy Highlands of Scotland, two New Yorkers, Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, have lost their way. When the fog lifts, they see the 18th century town of Brigadoon coming to life. There Tommy meets and falls in love with the beautiful Fiona. She brings Tommy and Jeff to meet schoolmaster Mr. Lundie, who tells the two New Yorkers the magical story of their town.

Two hundred years ago the local parish pastor prayed to have Brigadoon reappear for only one day every 100 years to protect it from being changed by the outside world. None of the people of Brigadoon can be permitted to leave the town or it will disappear forever. An outsider could be permitted to stay if he loved someone enough.

Tommy must choose between remaining with Fiona or returning to the unsatisfying world familiar to him. "Brigadoon's" songs include "Almost Like Being in Love" and "The Heather on the Hill."

"Brigadoon" is directed by Camelot's artistic director Livia Genise. Choreography is by Audrey Flint and musical direction is by Meagan Iverson and Aaron Blenkush. Blenkush and Iverson will rotate on keyboards in the orchestra pit, where they will be joined by Karl Iverson on synthesizer.

A former Broadway actress, Genise has both directed and starred in many Camelot productions, including "Do I Hear a Waltz," "Sockdology," "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Master Class," "Woody Guthrie's American Song," "Man of La Mancha," "Into the Woods" and "Promises, Promises."

Flint has worked as a choreographer for many productions, including Camelot's "Annie," "Oliver," "Carnival," "1940's Radio Hour," "Man of La Mancha" and "Do I Hear a Waltz."

Some of Iverson's Rogue Valley area productions as musical director/conductor/accompanist (with Oregon Cabaret Theater, Barnstormers, Connect the Dots, Rogue Music Theater, Camelot Theater, and others) have included "Les Miserables," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Spitfire Grill," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Damn Yankees," "Lucky Stiff" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." She was last seen performing keyboard for "Altar Boyz" at the Oregon Cabaret Theater and "john and jen" at Summer Jo's.

Blenkush is a senior music/business major at Southern Oregon University and has provided musical direction for theater productions including "Tales of Fannie Keenan, Better Known as Dora Hand," "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown," "Into the Woods" and "Once Upon A Mattress."

At Camelot, he has played synthesizer for "The Spitfire Grill" and was musical director and accompanist for the Camelot Conservatory's summer musical, "Seussical, Jr."

"Brigadoon" stars Renée Hewitt as Fiona MacLaren, Don Matthews as Tommy Albright, AJ Falk as Jeff Douglas, Rose Passione as Meg Brockie and Elias Alexander as Charlie Dalrymple.

Hewitt was last seen at the Camelot in "Do I Hear A Waltz?" Other Camelot performances include Aldonza in "Man Of La Mancha," Annie in "The Miracle Worker" and Guenevere in "Camelot." Bay Area performances include the Theatre Royale stage at Great America Theme Park and as Germaine in Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile."

Currently the morning classical music host at Jefferson Public Radio, Matthews' Camelot credits include Edwin Stanton in "Sockdology," Lancelot in "Camelot," Frederick in "A Little Night Music" and Don Quixote in "Man of La Mancha."

Falk has appeared in the Camelot productions "Lend me a Tenor," "Sockdology," "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "Shakespeare in Hollywood." Passione has appeared on the Camelot stage as Giovanna in "Do I Hear a Waltz" and as Mrs. Anderssen in "A Little Night Music." She holds a degree in vocal performance from George Fox University.

Alexander appeared at Camelot in "Oliver" and "Carnival" and at Ashland High School in "Mame," "Midsummer Night's Dream," "Rumors" and others and has completed a year in theatre studies at Northwestern University.

Also appearing in "Brigadoon" are Shoshanna Alexander (Sheena Dalrymple), Shay Astor (Nessa Dean), Tina Astor (Sandy Dean), Charles Cherry (Andrew MacLaren), Susan Diviak (Jeannie MacLaren), Waylon Lenk (Harry Beaton), Alexa Nienhaus (Mariah Anderson), Holly Nienhaus (Maggie Anderson), Jack Seybold (Mr. Lundie), Daniel Stephens (Archie Beaton), Lisa Marie Taylor (Iona MacGregor), Kaitie Warner-Falk (Kate Mcvitie and Jane Ashton), Dianna Warner (Mistress Lundie) and Kathy Lynne Wing (Osla Anderson).

The production team for "Brigadoon" features Camelot's resident designers: costumer Emily Ehrlich Inget; set designer, properties master and master carpenter Don Zastoupil; lighting designer Bart Grady and sound designer Brian O'Connor. Stage management is by Taja Watkins; assistant director is Maya Fein. Elias Alexander and Waylon Lenk are co-dramaturgs.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $19 for students and seniors. Student rush tickets of $10 will be available five minutes before show time subject to availability. Reservations are recommended. Reserved tickets are an additional $2. Tickets are available over the phone, at the theater or online at CamelotTheatre.org. Box office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. Call 535-5250.

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