Kamiak’s ‘Spamalot’ delivers plenty of laughs

Last three showings are this weekend
By Brandon Gustafson | May 09, 2018
Courtesy of: Donna Beard Mitchell Beard as Sir Robin being accompanied by his posse, led by Ellie Kunard, who describe how brave he is before he promptly runs away from the Black Knight.

Kamiak’s Fine Arts program has done it again.

The 2018 Spring Musical is “Spamalot,” a Broadway show that was “lovingly ripped off” from the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

In the show, we see the historian, performed by sophomore Kayla Morrison, try to take us to 932 A.D. England, before the audience is taken to Finland.

After the mistake is corrected, the audience is soon introduced to the lead cast of King Arthur, performed by senior Aidan Norris, Arthur’s loving companion, Patsy, performed by junior Gavin McKeever, Sir Lancelot, performed by senior Diego Condit, Sir Galahad, performed by sophomore Jack Burrows, Sir Robin, performed by senior Mitchell Beard, Sir Bedevere, performed by junior Alex Callaway, and the Lady of the Lake, performed by senior Kennedy Miller.

The show blended the original movie with the famous Broadway show, while also mixing in current-day references such as Tide Pods and the newest Marvel movie.

We see Arthur trying to recruit new knights for his Round Table from various places, and God instructs him to find the Holy Grail.

Later, after Arthur and his knights get separated after a battle with the French and their various stereotypes like baguettes and mimes, Arthur and Patsy are confronted by the Knights Who Say "Ni!" who instruct Arthur first that they must bring them a shrubbery, and later, they must perform a Broadway musical.

Sir Robin, who loves singing and dancing, tells Arthur that their mission will be useless because, “We won't succeed on Broadway if you don't have any Jews.”

Sir Lancelot later receives a letter from who he believes is a damsel in distress, but soon discovers it to actually be an effeminate man named Prince Herbert, played by sophomore Martin Albrecht, and soon Lancelot discovers his true sexuality, and at one point says, “This will still be controversial in 1,000 years.”

The performance is filled with multiple musical scores with the help of the orchestra, directed by Brian Steves.

Kamiak Drama Director Bryan Sullivan has loved what he has seen thus far, and noted steady improvement between performances.

“The show has been going great, and getting better every night,” Sullivan said. “The few technical glitches in our opening night performance have been sorted out in this tech heavy show. All the pieces of the performance are working together.

“The students, cast, crew, and orchestra have been working nonstop perfecting this show for the last few months, including some long nights last week, and it all paid off.”

The cast performed three shows last week, and has two more this weekend.

“Students are looking forward to resting their bodies and voices for a few days this week before the second weekend of shows,” Sullivan said. “A little rest can go a long way, and voices and performances will be even stronger next weekend.”

Sullivan said he’s heard many great things from audience members such as someone’s ribs hurting from laughing so much, and compliments of the singers.

“Spamalot” still has three showings this weekend. There is a 7 p.m. showing on Friday, May 11, and a 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. showing on Saturday, May 12.

Tickets are available at the door and by calling the Kamiak Bookkeeping office at 425-366-5428.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, children, and seniors over 65 years old. All tickets for the 2 p.m. show on May 12 are $10 each.

 

Aidan Norris and Gavin McKeever practicing their roles as King Arthur and Patsy for Kamiak’s Spring Musical, “Spamalot.” (Courtesy of: Donna Beard)
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