Photo Flash: First Look at David Pittsinger, Nathan Gunn and More in Glimmerglass' CAMELOT
The Glimmerglass Festival's Alice Busch Opera Theater stage was alight Saturday night with the opening of Lerner and Loewe's Camelot. This musical adaptation of T.H. White's The Once and Future King tells the story of King Arthur, his wife Guenevere and faithful friend Sir Lancelot, as they all struggle to preserve their kingdom's grand, romantic ideals against the will of fate. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below.
The new Glimmerglass production is directed by Robert Longbottom, known for his numerous Broadway productions. The musical features 2013 Artist in Residence Nathan Gunn in the role of Lancelot, with David Pittsinger as King Arthur and Andriana Chuchman as Guenevere, Wynn Harmon as Merlyn/Pellinore and Jack Noseworthy as Mordred.
Conductor James Lowe leads performers and orchestra. Choreography, including decorous marches, thrilling sword fights and sprightly spring dances, is by Alex Sanchez, and Glimmerglass veteran Robert Wierzel designs lighting which brings audiences easily from a palace to the serene countryside. The set is designed by Kevin Depinet, and costumes are by Paul Tazewell.
This production is presented with a full 42-piece orchestra and no amplification, which produces what conductor Lowe has called "grand, lush sound" and offers a measure of subtlety in the orchestration not available with small, amplified orchestras. Though the libretto is written and sung in English, the Glimmerglass production offers supertitles for lyrics.
Camelot runs through August 23 at the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York. The production is performed in repertory with three other mainstage productions: Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, Verdi's King for a Day and Passions, a double bill of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and David Lang's the little match girl passion. Tickets are available at www.glimmerglass.org or at the Glimmerglass Box Office at (607) 547-2255.
Photo Credit: Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass
Andriana Chuchman as Guenevere (center) with members of the chorus
Nathan Gunn as Sir Lancelot
Wynn Harmon as Merlyn