‘Camelot’ continues at Marietta College

The musical classic “Camelot,” by Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe, will continue this weekend at the Friederich Theater in the Hermann Fine Arts Center, at 500 Butler St. on the Marietta College campus.

Theatre de Jeunesse, a local youth theater program, will give performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

A matinee will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Sign language interpretation will be provided for the Sunday performance.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens 60 and older and students through college. “Dinner and a show” discounts are available at several area restaurants. The restaurant list and specials are included on at tdej.org.

For more information, reserved seating reservations or special accommodation requests, call the box office at 376-4678 or send an email to theatredejeunesse@yahoo.com.

The family will enjoy the Tony award-winning story of King Arthur’s marriage to Guenevere, played amid the pageantry of Camelot. Based on “The Once and Future King,” it is the age-old tale of chivalry, equality, honor and faith in the court of King Arthur.

Theatre de Jeunesse is presenting the musical with a cast of young adults from the Mid-Ohio Valley. The show opens with King Arthur nervously preparing to meet his new queen, Guenevere. While initially, Guenevere tries to escape the marriage, the two soon fall in love to the pleasure of Arthur’s wise tutor, Merlyn.

To bring peace and stability to the kingdom, Arthur establishes the Knights of the Round Table who would use their might for right. Included amongst these knights is the most famous of them all, Lancelot.

Soon, Lancelot and Queen Guenevere fall in love. Their affair is made public by Arthur’s evil illegitimate son Mordred and his aunt, the sorceress Morgan le Fey. As a result, peace ends and war breaks out as Arthur’s troops prepare to fight Lancelot’s French army.

This production is presented with financial assistance from the Oakland Foundation, the Marietta Community Foundation, Artsbridge, the Ohio River Border Initiative (a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts), the Bernard McDonough Foundation, West Virginia Division of Culture and History with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, the Belpre Area Community Development Foundation and with Easton Printing, the Parkersburg Art Center and Allohak Council 618 of the Boy Scouts of America.