HOUSTON – Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is excited to announce the cast for the timeless tale of Camelot, running Jan. 22 – Feb. 3, 2013 at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Set in a land where honor and chivalry reign, Camelot follows the love triangle of King Arthur, his Queen Guenevere and the young Lancelot. Dazzling and spellbinding with sweeping romance, historic grandeur, and heart-breaking drama, Camelot is the definitive musical theatre fable.
Veteran stage actor Robert Petkoff will play the legendary King Arthur. Petkoff’s credits include Broadway’s Anything Goes, Ragtime and Spamalot as well as London’s The Royal Family and Tantalus. Petkoff last appeared at TUTS in Spamalot. Making her TUTS debut is Margaret Loesser Robinson as love-torn Guenevere. Loesser Robinson’s credits include London’s The Snow Queen and extensive work both in New York City and in regional theatres, including Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pygmalion. Appearing as Lancelot is Sean MacLaughlin. His previous work includes Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, Lestat, The Woman In White, and Bombay Dreams.
Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon will grace the TUTS stage as the comedic Pellinore. Sheldon originated the role of Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert for Australia, London and Broadway audiences, which earned his nod for the Tony. In his native Australia, Sheldon won the 2005 Helpmann Award, the Sydney Critics Award, the Mo Award and the Glugs Award for his performance as in The Producers. Alongside him will be Charles Krohn as Merlin. Krohn first appeared on the TUTS stage in 1969 and has worked in more than 40 TUTS shows, including the 2006 hit Beauty and the Beast. Krohn lists the national tour of The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas among his credits.
Adam Shonkwiler will depict the evil Mordred. Theater patrons will remember Shonkwiler from his work in the national tour of Whistle Down The Wind which TUTS presented in 2007. Two Humphreys School of Musical Theatre students, Scott Fonseka and Ashton Lambert, will act in the role of Tom of Warwick. Fonseka, a student at Frostwood Elementary, has performed with HSMT in Disney’s Little Mermaid and in Scrooge: The Musical. Lambert, a student at The Kinkaid School, has played locally in several local theatres as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Completing the cast are Michael Andrako, Blaire Baker, Karolina Blonski, Mark Donaldson, Preston Ellis, Sean Ewing, Rob Flebbe, David Grant, Laura Elizabeth Henning, Katelyn Johnson, Julia Krohn, Alexander Levin, Leisa Mather, Molly Mustonen, Natalie Newman, Patricia Noonan, Ian Parmenter, Jonathan Stahl and Shannon Lea Smith.
Richard Stafford will lend his talents as director and choreographer. Stafford’s previous work at TUTS includes Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as Grand Hotel. Eddy Robinson will serve as the musical director and conductor. Robinson last worked at TUTS in Annie. Joining on the creative team are sound designer Kit Bond and lighting designer Richard Winkler.
Camelot features the work of the famed theatre duo Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Loewe wrote the music while Lerner wrote the book and lyrics. The production earned four Tony Awards when it debuted. Lerner and Loewe have also been the creative team behind other Broadway blockbusters including My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Gigi, and Paint Your Wagon, among several others.
Tickets (starting at only $24) are available on-line at TUTS.com, by phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882, or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, located at 800 Bagby at Walker, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. An audio described performance is available Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.; open captioning is available Sunday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The Hobby Center is wheelchair accessible. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Group tickets may be purchased by calling (713) 558-8888 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUTS’ presentation of Camelot is made possible by the generosity of Ballard Exploration Company, Inc., Haynes and Boone, LLP and Mr. & Mrs. Edward E. Hickam.
Theatre Under The Stars’ 2012-2013 “A Lot To Love” season is generously sponsored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System. For all of TUTS’ shows, air transportation is provided by United Airlines, the official airline of Theatre Under The Stars. Media sponsors include ABC-13 and Houston Chronicle. Season support is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Theater District Association and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston’s acclaimed nonprofit musical theatre company whose mission is to enrich life through the experience of quality musical theatre and to positively impact lives beyond the stage through innovative education & community engagement programs. Currently TUTS engages more than 200,000 people annually through productions at Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center and at Miller Outdoor Theatre. TUTS was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public when it was founded in 1968 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park and is the only Houston arts organization that has performed there free to the public every year since the theatre opened. Founded by Frank M. Young and currently under the direction of President and CEO John C. Breckenridge and Artistic Director Bruce Lumpkin, TUTS has produced more than 300 musicals including many local, national and world premieres such as Kopit and Yeston’s Phantom, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as well as critically acclaimed re-inventions of classics Cabaret and Les Miserables. Through its membership in the Independent Presenters Network, TUTS has helped bring Bombay Dreams, 9 to 5, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Curtains and The Color Purple to Broadway and ultimately back to Houston audiences.
In support of TUTS’ mission, TUTS’ Education & Community Engagement programs provide instruction and stage experience for more than 48,000 Houstonians annually. The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) offers technique-driven classes for all ability levels and ages, ranging from four to adult. Through The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River), TUTS provides an accessible and inclusive arts education for individuals of all abilities that will enhance their development into confident, balanced individuals. TUTS Education & Community Engagement provides extended on-site programming as well as off-site programming for children in schools, hospitals and other community-based sites. TUTS’ community partnerships include collaborations with the Houston Independent School District and Region IV school districts, the YMCA of Greater Houston, M.D. Anderson Children’s Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital – Houston, among several other Houston-area organizations. TUTS also annually presents the Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best and brightest in Houston's high school musical theatre programs.