Roles (Ranges) & Descriptions


King Arthur (low A to high E flat) “The once and future king” Ruler of Camelot. He served as a simple squire until he managed to pull King Pendragon’s sword out of the stone and became King. He desires to rule fairly and create a land where justice and honor are held in high esteem. Arthur is wise, generous, compassionate, and boyish – rather unsure of himself, yet an inspiration to others.

Queen Guenevere (low B flat to high A) Queen of Camelot. A young, spirited woman who is quite caught up in chivalry and the exciting possibilities of a promising life. At first she did not want to marry Arthur, but when she met him and saw the beauty of Camelot, she fell in love. She is devoted to Arthur and supports his causes. She is very much thrown by the arrival of Lancelot – the start of the famous “love triangle.”

Lancelot (low A to high B) An abundantly self-assured knight from France and a skilled warrior, Lancelot comes to be a Knight of the Round Table. He is extremely pious and not particularly well liked by anyone except Arthur. He is a passionate disciple of Arthur and his Round Table. Lancelot is “the greatest knight in the world,” whose only weakness is his love for Guenevere.

Mordred (low C to high D) A truly evil young man who was “sired” by Arthur when the king was young and naïve. He is a thoroughly and fascinatingly unlikable fellow. His mother is Queen Morgause, who bewitched Arthur when he was younger. Mordred has come to the Round Table to stir up trouble.

Nimue (low C sharp to high F sharp) A nymph intent on bewitching Merlyn, she lures Merlyn away with her hauntingly beautiful singing.

Merlyn The famous wizard who teaches Arthur almost all he needs to know. He wants Arthur to be ambitious and pursue the dream of a chivalrous kingdom.

King Pelinore One of Arthur’s closest friends. He stumbled upon Camelot one day while in search of a dragon and decided to stay in Arthur’s court and join the Knights of the Round Table. Pelinore is very eccentric and dedicated to Arthur. He is a wonderfully funny and stuffily “British” old knight – provides the most consistent comic relief in the play.

Sir Dinadan - A Knight of the Round Table. Dinadan is devoted to Guenevere and doesn’t care for Lancelot.

Sir Lionel - A Knight of the Round Table.

Sir Sagramore - A Knight of the Round Table.

Morgan Le Fey A powerful female figure in the Arthur legends, she represents control, sorcery, and manipulation. She is the half-sister of Arthur and aunt of Mordred. She uses sorcery to thwart Arthur and his allies, and to direct his enemies. She inhabits the forest and is a gourmand with a weakness – her sweet tooth and her capacity for mischief – and a “hidden” strength – she is invisible.

Tom of Warwick A small young boy who wants to join King Arthur’s army.

Chorus - lords, ladies, and citizens of Camelot

One male soloist (low B to high B)

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