Press

Composer/Musician

“Music is infused in the presentation. It is original music. Lyrics befit the Shakespeare style, and the words help nudge the story along. This production is almost Shakespeare as musical theater…Campbell’s other songs live and breathe what’s happening around Shakespeare’s characters… Interspersed along the way are other mood and character-making pieces that add to the experience of this presentation.” -Warren Gerds (2018)

“Between that opening lovesick salvo and the last, much darker notes sung by Campbell’s Feste and his cast mates nearly three hours later, music plays an even more integral role in this “Twelfth Night” than is usually the case, thanks to Campbell…compositions that are true to the often melancholy poetry they accompany.  Driven by nostalgia, their string-based score reminds us that both music and this play are overshadowed by time,  as we continually recede from the songs of our youth toward the sound of silence.  Music hasn’t done so much, this effectively, in any “Twelfth Night” I’ve seen since the fun musical pastiche featured in Des McAnuff’s 2011 Stratford Production.”  –Mike Fischer, Journal Sentinel

“Music is a snack, a meal, a dessert, a bon-bon, a nurturing bit of sustenance all around the substantial production of William Shakespeare with wit and romanticism going at full tilt… Scott McKenna Campbell…has created music that fits the story and aura that is presented prior to and within the play…The production has a fullness to it – the music, the continually rewarding material, the cracking good performances up and down the line.” –Warren Gerds, WeAreGreenbay.com

Music is quite famously mentioned in the opening line of the play. It ties together the rhythm and action of the comedy as contemporary acoustic sounds to the songs of Feste the Jester played here with an earthy, organic charisma by composer and music director Scott McKenna Campbell. -Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express

“Music and song factor in quite a bit. The company introduces the tale in full voice. Along the way are songs ranging from of yearning (“Will You Come Back to Me”) to roguish jest (in the line, “The life of a rich man is better than that of a ditch, man”).” -Warren Gerds, WeAreGreenbay.com

“The Music & Lyrics by Scott Campbell satisfied a rapt audience of toddlers to seventy year- olds.” -Lisa DeBenedictis, Independent

“A new production of “Robin Hood: An Adventure With Music,” written by Terry Burgler with music and lyrics by Scott Campbell, kept the audience laughing and cheering” -David Ritchie, West Side Leader

“Make sure you attend the 7:30 p.m. greenshow preceding the play, which includes a humorous song on guitar by music director Scott Campbell that sets the stage for the story’s mayhem.”

Door Shakespeare

“Scott McKenna Campbell, the composer/musician, also plays the fool, Feste. Feste is given to intricate riddles, and Campbell messages the part with finesse. Let’s see… A solid actor who composes and performs music – can’t beat that.” Warren Gerds, WeAreGreenbay.com

“But it’s because part of him knows his best days are behind him and he doesn’t want to face the music – flecked with darkness in the spot-on score by Scott McKenna Campbell (an aptly acerbic Feste)” -Mike Fischer, Journal Sentinel

Ohio Shakespeare Festival

“Scott Campbell as Bardolph, Bernard Bygott as Pistol and Snezana Jelic as the Boy were also hilarious in their scenes.” -April Helms, Nordonia Hills News Leader

“The cast of Henry V features other performers impressively returning to their roles from OSF’s Henry IV, including Scott Campbell as Bardolph…the quartet adds humor and humanity to the comic relief characters in the history play.” -LandofCleve.net

“Later, in the play within a play, actor Campbell nearly steals the show as his terrified academic Nathaniel…” -Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

Nathaniel’s appearance as Alexander the Great…was a show-stopper.” -April Helms, Stow Sentry

“These are great roles that give the actors something interesting to do. Fortunately for the audience, these guys did it well.” -David Ritchie, West Side Leader

Shakespeare in Delaware Park

This is also a masterful production, with some really fine performances like…Scott Campbell’s slimy Tyrell…” -Augustine Warner, SpeakUpWNY

“Nearly all of the play’s comic scenes found exactly the right tone…Constable (Larry Smith,) Dauphin (Matt Snyder) and Orleans (Scott McKenna Campbell) brought to mind smarmy frat boys bragging about their conquests when they tried to make bets on how many of the English they would slaughter. Their swaggering added black humor and foreshadowing…”  –Diana Carter, PlayShakespeare.com

3 and 1/2 Stars: “Director Saul Elkin has assembled a cast of 25, some familiar summer Shakespearians mixing with new faces, returnees and a surprise or two. All are able…” -Ted Hadley, The Buffalo News