From the start to the finish, for those in Thacher School’s most recent play, it has been a long haul. Students have been sacrificing their own time in order to make this production work and there is not a single member of the cast or crew who will tell you that it was easy.
Unlike many of the audience, I was not familiar with the play in the least. I had never heard of the word Spamalot until Mr. Sandy Jensen announced the play at assembly to my dubious confusion and the enthusiastic cheers of the rest of the crowd. When I walked into the Milligan Center to see Spamalot on the Friday showing, I was completely unprepared.
Like many musicals, the show began with a remix of the many soundtracks. While somewhat long, it did give the audience enough time to settle down and quiet until Harry Hayman stepped on stage. With a 50% of pestilence and famine, the show began…in Finland. Naturally, this was quickly corrected.
Paul Cresanta leapt into the role of King Arthur. He portrayed a regal, haughty, and hilarious King Arthur who also had a certain degree of self-pity when it came to being alone. Strutting around on his ‘horse’, his delivery and passion never failed to make the audience laugh. Accompanied by Patsy, the Jewish horse and servant, the two made an unfailing duo and somehow managed to pull King Arthur out of his brief depression.
Sir Galahad, played by Jonathan Chang (and also known as Sir Prat), was possibly another one of my favorite characters in the play. The best line he ever delivered was directly following the Lady of the Lake’s beautiful song. Two words. “Oh wow.”
We come, of course, to Jacqueline King’s beautiful (if somewhat spoiled) Lady of the Lake. She perhaps had the more serious songs in the show, but even they made the audience chuckle and, occasionally, gasp with laughter. The scene where she was prodding Arthur to marry her was certainly one that can not be overlooked. Secretly though, I was actually hoping Arthur would marry Patsy.
Perhaps my favorite two characters of the entire show though were Sir Lancelot and his beautiful bride–Prince Herbert. Played by Jackson Dolphin and Colin Troughton respectively, the two made a beautiful couple. Dolphin’s reactions as Lancelot to Herbert’s declaration of his homosexuality was perhaps one of the most hilarious (if controversial) moment in the entire play. Colin Troughton also played his role to perfection and after watching the play twice in a row on both Friday and Saturday, it was still one of the parts I could re-watch over and over again. Of course, the pair’s final line would serve as the icing on the cake.
“They are a different people, a multi-talented people, a people… who need people… and who are, in many ways, the luckiest people in the world.”
While the stage in the Thacher School is not Broadway, the actors remain true to the words of Sir Robin (though not necessarily Jewish). Each and every member of the cast and crew are different people and a multi-talented people. And to have been in such a beautiful production, they are indeed in many ways, some of the luckiest people in the world.
JEAN LI ’13