Celebrating Doris Day at the Camelot Theatre

Camelot Theatre Company will present the fourth and last in its Second Stage Music Series for 2007: "Spotlight on Doris Day a Little Biography and a Lot of Music!" featuring Gayle Wilson.

Camelot has turned the spotlight on such artists as The Andrews Sisters, Patti Page, Bing Crosby, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Julie Andrews, Julie London and Judy Garland.

"Spotlight on Doris Day a Little Biography and a Lot of Music!" plays at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 9-18, at the theater, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. "Spotlight on Doris Day" will present 24 Doris Day hits, including "Sentimental Journey," "Lullaby of Broadway," "Secret Love," "Que Sera Sera" and "I'll Never Stop Loving You."

Born Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff (April 3, 1924), Doris Day was well-known as a singer and actress during the 1950s and '60s. An outgoing and upbeat beauty with a wholesome image, Day loved to joke that her image didn't exactly match her life, having been married five times.

Equally at home in either comedy or drama, Day could also sing and dance, talents that made her an enduring leading lady for such co-stars as Jack Carson, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Cary Grant, David Niven, Clark Gable, Howard Keel and Rock Hudson.

Wilson has turned Camelot's musical spotlight on Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page and the Andrews Sisters, and performs with several jazz combos in the Rogue Valley. Wilson hosts the local TV show, "Southern Oregon Travelogue," which is in its 11th year on the air. She is backed by musical director, arranger and keyboardist Dal Carver, narrator J.S. McDaniel and by musicians Crystal Reeves (violin), Mike Del Ponte (guitar), Steve Sutfin (drums) and Dave Miller (bass).

Carver hails from Tillamook and spent several years on the Top-40 hotel circuit. Carver and his wife, Ren&

233;e, own the Avalon Bar Grill in Talent and the Wild Goose Caf&

233; Bar in Ashland. He performs at many Rogue Valley venues and has appeared in all of Wilson's Camelot spotlights.

McDaniel most recently played Demetrius in a comedic musical rendition of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and is co-hosting TV's 2008 "Southern Oregon Travelogue" with Gayle Wilson.

Reeves teaches violin, fiddle and mandolin in her studios in Ashland and Medford. She's played at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Britt Music Festival and Oregon Cabaret Theater as well as Camelot's Spotlight on Patti Page with Wilson. Reeves just closed Cabaret's "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" and has been featured instrumentally and vocally on as many as 40 recordings.

Del Ponte, raised in Sonoma, Calif., played guitar in the rock 'n' roll band that backed up the Righteous Brothers, and was a band member on the TV show "Shindig." He logged years on the road playing hotels across the country including the lounges of Las Vegas and Tahoe, playing top 40, funk, blues and jazz.

Sutfin has been playing drums for more than 40 years, starting in the rock clubs of Los Angeles, and then touring with show groups such as The Diamonds and Mose Allison. In addition to performing in numerous concerts in this area, Sutfin has appeared in many of Camelot's Spotlights. Owner of Ashland Camera, he is Camelot's Resident Photographer.

Miller began playing bass at age 14 and has recently been part of such ensembles as Jazz Eclipse, Jes Groove, the Jump Daddies and Los Salseros. Miller often fills in with groups such as The Latin Jazz Quartet and Back Porch Swing. His Camelot Spotlight credits include Bing Crosby and Julie London.

All tickets are $18 and reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket. Tickets are available at the theatre box office from — to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturdays and one hour before performances. Tickets are available online at .

Call 535-5250.

Share This Story