Letter to the Editor: ‘Camelot’ is a fantastic performance
March 22, 2011 · 12:37 PM
If you have no kids and expect little from high school shows, you might miss the terrific Vashon High School production of “Camelot,” playing until March 27. “Camelot” has an outstanding book, memorable songs by Lerner and Lowe and an effective cast. It’s an unexpectedly entertaining and moving show, simply staged, dazzlingly costumed.
The story of King Arthur, the Round Table, Lancelot and Guenevere, the battles and the heartbreak, has circulated since at least the ninth century. This musical version is based on T.H. White’s “Once and Future King” and rooted in Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur.” It’s lovely to hear again the humor and tragedy in the old story and see the ancient imagery — the flowers of May, the three silver cups, the king armed for battle — brought to life for another generation to witness.
Culture lives by transmission to new generations. The 1,200-year-old tale is renewed on the breath of young actors, singers and dancers. Anna Rose Warren, just 17, turns in a full-voiced Guenevere, convincing in her narcissism, tenderness and grief. Sage Everett grows up on stage, transforming from the reluctant boy-king to the tragic hero who ends the play.
Culture grows in our minds and lives through the memories of children. Why was the theater half empty? The drama program at VHS is threatened by budget cuts; your attendance will help it to continue. Come out to “Camelot” next weekend and bring your kids. They’ll remember it for the rest of their lives, and so will you.
— Margot Boyer