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BLT Casts New Talent For Twain's 'A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court' - Brevard, NC


September 25, 2017

What’s old is new again as Brevard Little Theatre prepares to present “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” Oct. 13-29. While the play will transport audiences back to medieval Camelot, a majority of the actors and actresses cast in this hilarious comedy are making their debuts at BLT.

Adapted from Mark Twain’s book by the same title, this play by John G. Fuller shares the story of Hank Bennett, a recent engineering graduate, whose passion for innovation and disregard for safety land him in the middle of King Arthur’s Court after he is knocked out by one of his experiments.

Hank will be played by BLT newcomer Henry Styron, a resident of Hendersonville and accomplished church performer.

Joining Styron’s stage family and also making their BLT debuts will be 11-year-old Mackenzie Pickard as Hank’s sister, Marion, and Maureen Whisman as his mother, Mrs. Bennett.

Hank’s chatty, eccentric secretary, Sandy, will be played by Jan Robbins, who is new to BLT, but has acted at Hendersonville Community Theatre.

Taking on the role of King Arthur will be Jack McConnell. Although new to BLT, McConnell has held nine roles at Hendersonville Com-munity Theatre since debuting there in 2013.

Playing Arthur’s wife, Queen Guenever, will be theater newcomer Carole Pickard, joining her daughter Mackenzie on stage.

Arthur’s trusted adviser and sorcerer, Merlin, will be portrayed by June Stacy, a veteran actress, director, stage manager and crew member who last appeared on the BLT stage in the 2015 production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” as Mrs. Beaver.

King Arthur’s Court will also feature Sir Sagramor, played by Doug Denton, who also joined the casts of “Urinetown” and “The Rainmaker” at BLT this summer.

Sir Launcelot, King Arthur’s first and most trusted knight – despite stories of his interactions with Queen Guenever – will be portrayed by acting newcomer Jakob Robbins.

Rounding out the cast are BLT veterans Jonathan Forrester as King Arthur’s page and Hank’s new friend, Clarence; Nita Porter as medieval switchboard operator Elaine, and Annette Hobbs as Queen Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur’s menacing half-sister.

“A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” will be directed by Bob Stacy and produced by Lauren Day, both active contributors to past Brevard Little Theatre productions.

Nine performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 3 p.m., at the theater located at 55 E. Jordan Street.

For ticket information, visit, email [email protected], or call the theater at 884 – 2587.


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