Don Matthews as J. D. Sheldrake, Shannon McReynolds as Fran Kubelick, and Jeremy Johnson as Chuck Baxter appear in Camelot Theatre Company's production of the musical 'Promises, Promises.' - Photo courtesy of

'Promises, Promises'

For its summer musical for 2008, Camelot Theatre Company will present "Promises, Promises." "Promises, Promises" opens at 8 p.m. Friday, June 27 and runs through July 27. Performances are at 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There is a special Pay-What-You-Can performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2. There is no performance on the 4th of July.

Based on Billy Wilder's Academy Award-winning movie "The Apartment" (starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine), "Promises, Promises" received three Tony Awards in 1969. The book is by Neil Simon with music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David.

Camelot's artistic director Livia Genise is directing the show. Musical direction is by Gwen Overland and choreography is by Rebecca K. Campbell. Aaron Blenkush (synthesizer) and Bryan Jeffs (drums) join Overland in the orchestra pit.

"Promises, Promises" stars Jeremy Johnson as Chuck Baxter, Shannon McReynolds as Fran Kubelick, Don Matthews as J. D. Sheldrake and Bruce Lorange as Doc Dreyfus.

Johnson was most recently seen as John Truitt in Camelot's production of "Meet Me in St. Louis." Other Camelot credits include "Shakespeare In Hollywood," "The Spitfire Grill," "Man of La Mancha," "Into the Woods," "Fahrenheit 451" and "1776."

McReynolds' Camelot credits include the starring role of Percy in "The Spitfire Grill" as well as roles in "Into the Woods" and "Man of La Mancha."

Matthews has Camelot credits as Edwin Stanton in "Sockdology," Lancelot in "Camelot," Frederick in "A Little Night Music" and Don Quixote in "Man of La Mancha."

Lorange last appeared at Camelot as preacher Jim Casey in "The "Grapes of Wrath." Other productions at Camelot include "The Heidi Chronicles" and "An American Daughter."

Also appearing in "Promises, Promises" as members of the singing and dancing Greek Chorus and as various secretaries are Amanda Andersen, Mae Jeffs and Alessandra Jenkins.

The womanizing executives in "Promises, Promises" are played by Sunshine Bucy, Sam Cowan, Heiland Hoff and Brandon Byron Manley. Paula Flowers appears as goodtime girl Marge McDougall, with Maja Michelle Fein and Chris Toogood rounding out the cast.

The production team for "Promises, Promises" includes Camelot's resident designers costumer Emily Ehrlich Inget; set designer, properties master and master carpenter Don Zastoupil; lighting designer Bart Grady; and sound designer Brian O'Connor. Stage management is by Paul L. McCullough; assistant stage manager is Stephen Krause.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $19 for students and seniors. Student rush tickets for $10 will be available five minutes before show time subject to availability. Reserved seating is an additional $2.

Tickets may be purchased in person, over the phone, at the Camelot box office, or online at www.CamelotTheatre.org.

Box office hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances.

Call 535-5250.

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