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City Circle Theater Company will present “Camelot in Concert”

Telling the story of King Arthur, Camelot in Concert is a performance filled with love, lust and conflict, which will be presented by the City Circle Theater Company from February 11-13.

Braden Ernst

An actor playing Merlin performs a song in the City Circle Theater Company’s new play “Camelot In Concert” on February 10, 2021. The music-filled production is set to be enjoyed by audiences February 11-13, 2022 at the Coralville Center for the Arts performing.

The story of King Arthur will come alive under the brilliant stage lights of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot in concertwhich takes place in a fictional era with knights and royalty accompanied by heated conflict, will transport the audience through space and time.

City Circle Theater Company will present the musical February 11-13 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Camelot in concert is the third of five shows sponsored by the City Circle Theater Company. In May, the company will present Legally blonde the musicaland Spamalot of Monty Python will be presented in June.

The time between the auditions and the performance for Camelot in concert was short compared to that of a traditional performance with the City Circle Theater Company. Auditions for Camelot in concert took place just before the holiday season and rehearsals began in early January.

“This is an unusually short period of time as it will take six weeks from first rehearsal to performance,” Habley said. “For most musicals – at least amateur musicals, we take about eight to 10 weeks to prepare.”

Wes Habley, Music Director of Camelot in concertsaid the musical had several concepts working in tandem to create a story that appeals to audiences.

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“Camelot is a standard, tried and true, old school musical full of love, lust and conflict,” Habley said.

Habley said he looks forward to the aspect of the performance he is most involved in: the sound. With a 32-piece orchestra accompanying the other performers onstage rather than in the pit, talented vocalists and classic songs from the musical, Habley is expecting a great show.

“For anyone who’s been involved in musical theater, there are some absolutely beautiful songs in the show,” Habley said.

By virtue of the fact that this production is “in concert”, the musical elements are at the forefront of the show. Performance director Josh Sazon explained how the sets and costumes were scaled down slightly to showcase the orchestra and vocal performers.

“The great thing about the 32-piece orchestra is the sound they produce. What’s not so nice is that when they’re on stage, they take a lot of space,” Sazon said. “So we have a much smaller space to work in.”

Despite the emphasis on music and the limited space, the acting and other theatrical components are still strong. Both Habley and Sazon said they looked forward to seeing the final product that resulted from the team’s time and dedication put into the show.

Multiple components work in tandem to create a cohesive production. Between music, acting and choreography, effective collaboration is needed for successful results.

“I work directly with the artistic content director and the choreographer who teaches the dance,” Habley said. “We are a team of three people.

Sazon said that due to COVID-19 concerns, the team working with Camelot in concert prioritized safety, but eagerly awaits the opportunity to re-watch a live show.

“Nowadays putting things on stage, having live performances with an audience – that’s almost an exception to the rule until fairly recently,” Sazon said. “So especially now, especially these days, I think we’re all very grateful to have the opportunity to do that.”