'SPAMalot,' 'Ghost' among Camelot's 2017 offerings

TALENT — "All My Sons," "SPAMalot," "The Foreigner" and "Cinderella" are among the highlights of Camelot Theatre's 2017 season, which also includes five musical Spotlights and a new Camelot Adventure Series with performances ranging from play readings to stand-up comedy.

The season opens Jan. 12 with "Spotlight on Billy Joel," starring David King-Gabriel and directed by Presila Quinby. It runs through Jan. 29.

"Calendar Girls," a British comedy by Tim Firth about a woman who decides to create a saucy calendar to raise money for her best friend's husband's memorial, runs Feb. 8-26 and will be directed by Gwen Overland.

"Ghost, the Musical," written by Bruce Joel Rubin with music by David Stewart and Glen Ballard, is based on the film "Ghost." Directed by Roy Von Rains Jr., with projections by Brian O'Connor, "Ghost" will run March 8-26.

"Spotlight on the Day the Music Died," featuring the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, runs March 30 through April 16. It will star Alex Boyles and Rigo Jimenez and be directed by Von Rains.

"The Foreigner," by Larry Shue, a comedy about a visitor who hears and understands far more than people realize, runs April 26 through May 21. Among the actors will be Shirley Patton, a veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Camelot Theatre.

"Blowin' in the Wind: Spotlight on Peter, Paul and Mary," a tribute to the folk group starring Erik Connolly and Brianna Gowland and directed by Quinby, will be May 25 through June 11.

"SPAMalot," the musical version of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," written by Eric Idle with music by Idle and John Du Prez, will run June 21 through July 23. Renee Hewitt directs.

The Camelot Conservatory, Camelot's summer program for youth, will celebrate its 15th year with "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" Aug. 3-6. Music and lyrics are by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and book is by Jeremy Sams.

"Song Sung Blue: Spotlight on Neil Diamond," starring Connolly and directed by Quinby, will run Aug. 10-27.

"The Fantasticks," a musical about two feuding fathers and their romantically involved children, will run Sept. 6-24. Brianna Gowland directs. It was written by Tom Jones with music and lyrics by Jones and Harvey Schmidt.

"Sweet Baby James: Spotlight on James Taylor," starring Dave Bernard and directed by Quinby, will run Sept. 28 to Oct. 15.

"All My Sons," by Arthur Miller, about two partners who must pay the costs after turning out defective airplane parts during World War II, runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 12. Mark Schneider directs.

The final show of the season will be Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," running Nov. 29-Dec. 31.

The schedule for Camelot's "Adventure Series" has not yet been set, but possible offerings include a three-day youth film festival, stand-up comedy, one-act musicals, teen theater and staged play readings.

The theater is at 101 Talent Ave, Talent. For more information, see www.camelottheatre.org or call the box office at 541-535-5250.

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