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Loyola brings legend and wizardry to the stage with "Excalibur! The Story of Young King Arthur"

Loyola press release - March 11, 2007

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and director Janet Shea will close the 2006 - 2007 season with the captivating production Excalibur! The Story of Young King Arthur, by award-winning playwright Michele L. Vacca. In this exciting and dramatic story of how young Arthur came to be one of the most celebrated kings in history, the grandeur of ancient British and Welsh legend and lore are brought to life through the eyes of the magical and mysterious Merlin the Enchanter, the fabled master of wizardry and wit.

At the beginning of Vacca's play, Merlin is discovered in his magic cave. He busies himself with his magic potions and dusty books for a moment or two and then notices the audience. "Aha! There you are," Merlin says. "I've been waiting for you." Then he begins the story stating, "Today you will see how a mere boy accomplished what many strong men failed to do." Merlin then magically unfolds the story of how young Arthur became one of the greatest kings of Britain.

Excalibur! The Story of Young King Arthur is theatre for all ages. Old and young alike will be captivated by this charming legendary tale.

Excalibur! The Story of Young King Arthur will run in the Marquette Theater, on March 9, 15, and 16, at 7:30 p.m., and on March 10, 11, 17, 18, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 general admission, and $7 students and senior citizens. Group rates are available. To purchase tickets, please visit http://mfa.loyno.edu/montage/, or call (504) 865-2074 for information.

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