Doug Warner played Michael in Camelot Theatre Company’s 2008 production of 'Dancing at Lughnasa.' - Photo by Steve Sutfin

Camelot Theatre Company's 2009 shows

Camelot Theatre Company, 101 Talent Ave., Talent, will open its first show for the 2009 season, "Bullshot Crummond" at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 ($18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors). The show previews at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 28 and 29 ($10).

Here is the season of plays:

"Bullshot Crummond"

Jan. 30 - March 1

Written by Ron House, Diz White, John Neville-Andrews, Alan Shearman and Derek Cunningham, this comedy is a parody of low budget '30s detective movies that typified British heroism. Teutonic villain Otto von Brunno and his evil mistress, Lenya, crash their plane in the English countryside and kidnap Professor Fenton, who has discovered a formula for making synthetic diamonds. It's Bullshot Crummond to the rescue.


March 13 - Apr. 12

With book by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell, and Philip Rose, music by Gary Geld and lyrics by Peter Udell, the show won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Musical. A strong-willed Virginia farmer tries to keep his family neutral during the Civil War. But the Union and Confederate forces see things only in Union blue or Confederate gray and the family is inevitably swept up in the conflict.

"I Remember Mama"

April 24 - May 24

John Van Druten's dramatization of Kathryn Forbe's family memoir "Mama's Bank Account" focuses on the lives of a Norwegian immigrant family in their modest San Francisco home during the early years of the century. Mama, with the help of her husband and Uncle Chris — and in spite of her sisters — manages the home and brings up the children.


June 19 - July 19

Joe Masteroff wrote the book for the musical based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. John Kander wrote the music with lyrics by Fred Ebb. The show won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1968, 1988, 1998. In Berlin just before Hitler's rise to power, cabaret performer Sally Bowles and American writer Cliff Bradshaw meet in the Kit Kat Club and begin an affair, but the chaos in the world around them threatens to tear them apart.

"Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks"

Aug. 14 - Sept. 13

Richard Alfieri's play begins when an aging but still formidable woman, Lily, hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael, to give her dance lessons in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Antagonism between the gay man and the widow of a Southern Baptist minister gives way to profound compatibility, loyalty and compassion as they swing dance, tango, foxtrot and cha-cha, sharing more than dance steps.

"Doubt, A Parable"

Oct. 9 - Nov. 8

John Patrick Shanley's play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. At a Catholic school in the Bronx a nun grows suspicious when a priest begins taking too much interest in the life of a young black student. Is she being overly protective or not protective enough, and can she work within the system to discover the truth?

"The Secret Garden"

Dec. 4 - Jan. 3

The musical, with book and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. The estate includes a magic locked garden that becomes a secret refuge for the cousins.

Tickets for plays are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Tickets for musicals are $21 for adults and $19 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is an additional $2.

To reserve tickets or to request a season brochure, call or visit the Camelot Theatre Company box office from 1 to 5 p.m. at 535-5250 ext. 1 Mondays through Saturdays. See camelottheatre.org.

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