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Camelot Spotlight on Peter, Paul and Mary






“If I had a song, I’d sing it in the morning. I’d sing it in the evening…       All over this land.” ~ Peter Yarrow

In March of 1962, a new music trio hit the Folk Music scene. Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey and Mary Travers came together to juxtapose the country’s distrust in politicians, angst about war and ever-changing cultural and social values, yes, I’m talking about the 60’s… but some things never change. Peter, Paul & Mary relied on folk’s potency as a social, cultural and political force. Now, 50-years later we realize how fervently and pervasively the group's message of freedom, humanity, hope and activism was. No American folk group lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following than Peter, Paul and Mary.

Drawing inspiration from musical groups such as the Weavers, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie – Pete, Paul & Mary created a canon of timely, classic, indelible, and important songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," "If I Had a Hammer," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "500 Miles," "Lemon Tree," and "Puff (The Magic Dragon)," among others. 

Camelot Theatre presents Spotlight On Peter, Paul & Mary to celebrate the music and lives of these folk legends. The production is a high-energy, music-filled theatrical  biography that’s as relevant today as it was years ago. The production is Directed by Prisila Quinby, an accomplished Broadway singer, actor and the primary Director for Camelot’s Spotlight performances. “The music is timeless.  The show isn’t about politics it’s about their passion for music.  They were the voice of protestors, Flower Children and the Summer of Love,” states Quinby, “coming out of the Beatnik era, they kept their tunes simple so anyone could pick up a guitar and spread their music  - and their message.” 

Spotlight On The Day The Music Died, features narration by Bob Haworth, friend, colleague, competitor, and member of the Kingston Trio folk group. Both groups appeared occasionally on television together and in folk tours through the 80’s. Haworth mentioned, “we knew each other for years as musicians, this is a fun experience for me (narrating the show) as I explore their biographies and learn more about the artists.” After graduating from Medford High School in 1965, Bob spent more than 40 years traveling the world as a member of The Brothers Four and, later, The Kingston Trio. He returns to Camelot Theatre next season in Spotlight On The Kingston Trio.  

The production includes the vocal talents of Erik Connolly, Brianna Gowland and Billy King. Erik, an opera-trained tenor, most recently appeared at Camelot as Emile deBeque in select performances of South Pacific.  Other roles at the Theatre include Lawrence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Che in Evita, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Caleb in The Spitfire Grill. He has also appeared in a number of Camelot Spotlight productions, including Roy Orbison, Simon and Garfunkel, Jerry, Perry, and Dean, Irving Berlin, and Steve & Eydie. Erik will also star in Spotlight  On Neil Diamond later this season.

This is show is Brianna Gowland’s second Spotlight performance. She previously sang back up in Spotlight on Elton John. Brianna’s acted at several local theatres and also has many directing and choreography credits. She will be Assistant Directing, Assistant Choreographing, and appearing in SPAMalot, at Camelot this summer.

Billy King spent the last three years writing, directing, and acting in multiple film productions at the University of Oregon, and has been a DJ on the campus radio station and his stop motion film, Pumpkinnapped!, was recently recognized at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. This is Billy’s third production at Camelot. 

Camelot Theatre will preview Spotlight on Peter, Paul & Mary, on Thursday, May 25th – Red Nose Day. Started in 2015 in the UK by Comic Relief, Red Nose Day is a global fundraiser by the entertainment industry to help kids and young people most in need. The organization has raised over $1 Billion for children’s charities.  Every patron attending the Spotlight Preview performance will receive an official “red nose” and a donation will go to the global campaign. In addition, at the local level Camelot will make a matching donation to the Boys & Girls Club of the Rogue Valley.

Spotlight On Peter, Paul & Mary runs May 25th – June 11th. Tickets are $22 for the preview. All other regular performances are $26-$32. Tickets can be purchased online at www.CamelotTheatre.org and by phone or in person at the theater box office.
BOX OFFICE HOURS: 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. For tickets, call the Camelot Box Office at 541-535-5250 or online at CamelotTheatre.org. Camelot Theatre is located at the corners of Talent Ave. and Main Street in Talent.


The Cast
Narrator/Banjo/Guitar/Harmonica ……………………………………………………..Bob Haworth
Vocals………………………………………………………………………..…………………………Erik Connolly
Vocals………………………………………………………..………………….……………….Brianna Gowland
Vocals………………………………………………………………………………………..………..……..Billy King
Musicians
Acoustic Bass…………………………………………….………………………………………………………Peter Koerella
Guitar.…………………………………………………………………………………………………….Matt Stuart
Production/Design
Music Director/Arranger…………………………….…………………………………………… Dal Carver
Production Manager.……………………………………………………………………………… Bart Grady
Costume Shop Manager ……………………………………………………………….Addie Hall-Kester
Production Assistant………………………………………………………………………… Olivia Harrison
Video Operator…….……………………………………………………………………………Sierra Milburn
Sound & Video Design/Live Sound Engineer …………………………………… Brian O’Connor
Director …………………………………………………………………………………………… Presila Quinby
Stage Manager/Lighting Designer/Light Board Operator …..…………. Jenelle Ragsdale
Script Writer …..……………………………………..……………………………………………… Andi Slavin
Photographer ………………………………………………………………………………………. Steve Sutfin

Camelot Theatre presents, Spotlight On Peter, Paul & Mary.
Production:    Spotlight On Peter, Paul & Mary
Written By:    Andi Slavin
Directed by:     Presila Quinby
Music Direction:    Dal Carver
Starring:    Erik Connolly, Bob Haworth, Brianna Gowland and Billy King
Production Run:    May 25 – June 11, 2017
Location:         Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave at Main St., Talent
When:         Preview, Thursday, May 25th, Red Nose Day Benefit
Opening Night, Friday, May 26th and runs through June 11th. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Prices:      Tickets are $22 for the Thursday, May 25th preview.  All other regular performances are $26-$32. 

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