MOSAIC Spring 2015 - Page 17

Another Shining Moment The cantankerous King Pellinore (Dcn. Robert Bacik) introduces himself to Queen Guenevere (Grace Knoche), while the other Knights of the Round Table and servants look on with envy. Lively Camelot draws 1,200 guests for three weekend performances. Don’t let it be forgot That once there was a spot For one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot. With these final lyrics, the production of the musical Camelot at Sacred Heart came to an end with the last show on Saturday, March 21. For the members of the cast and crew, that “one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot” will definitely not be forgot. After a weekend of three shows, the number of attendees who filled the seminary auditorium was estimated to be 1,200. At the end of each performance, guests reached deeply to give a freewill offering to help the seminarians replace outdated stage equipment. The donations in the collection baskets totaled an astounding $9,630. Mostly Seminarians—with Some Help Camelot was a seminarian-run production primarily: the men constructed the sets, worked on the backstage crew, directed the show, worked as ushers, and performed both acting onstage and playing instruments in the pit orchestra. In all, twenty- four seminarians acted in the musical. They received help from Ms. Grace Knoche, who performed the sole female role of Queen Guenevere, and splendidly so. As with the previous spring performances, the men chose Camelot because, understandably, most of the parts are played by men. Set in medieval England, Camelot follows the well-known story of the Knights of the Round Table and King Arthur, who tries to establish a new order of civility after witnessing the brutality of war. Six Plays and Counting Putting on a yearly play had been a seminary tradition since the 1930s. But the tradition was discontinued in 1989— then resurrected six years ago by two seminarians with a background in drama and plenty of creative determination. “If we both end up in seminary, wouldn’t it be great to start up the plays again?” Brian Meldrum and Matthew Hood asked each other during a Discernment Weekend they attended in 2008. Supported by the administration, the men decided to make this passing thought real after entering the seminary in 2009. With Brian directing and Matthew assisting, the seminarians staged the first play in Sacred Heart’s auditorium in twenty-one years, 12 Angry Men, in the s