EHS drama bring Python to life in "Spamalot"
Fans of the 1970s comedy sketch show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” will have a lot to laugh about when Ellsworth High School presents “Spamalot,” by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, Thursdays-Saturdays, Nov. 7-9 and 14-16, at 7:30 p.m. at Ellsworth High School.
“We are one of the very first high schools to attempt this musical. It is an incredibly complicated and fast-moving show, but we have had a great deal of fun and the students have worked tremendously hard to make the show a success,” said Shelly Moore, director.
Following the basic plot of the famous movie, Spamalot humorously portrays the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their hunt for the Holy Grail. When King Arthur, played by senior Jacob Fuchs, and his faithful assistant Patsy, senior Logan Radkey, set out in search of the Grail, they first need to put together a team of knights. They find Sir Robin (senior Caleb Truax), Sir Lancelot (junior Jarek Fischer), Sir Galahad (junior Jonah Conway) and Sir Bedevere (senior Kenny Stowe) who, with the assistance of the Lady of the Lake (senior Katelyn Kannel in her stage debut), hunt for the grail.
Along the way, the knights encounter the homicidally brave Black Knight (senior Dan Giese), Las Vegas-style town of Camelot, the terrifying French, the disturbing Knights Who Say Ni and, of course, a frighteningly adorable killer rabbit along with many other memorable characters from Monty Python, including the famous song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”
All of the classic Python characters are created by a cast of both new-to-the-stage and returning students. The seniors are: Makenzie Anderson, Brieanna Davis, Brett Freier, Austin Krauss, Maddie Langer, Samantha Lee, Miranda Maxwell, Alli O’Connell, Kali Schaar, Justin Schmidt, Sabrina Shonkwiler and Hayley Stoesz.
Junior cast members are: Kelsey Betthauser, Payton Bjorkman, Ethan Hayes, Michael Koch, Ali Menke, Rachel Pieper, Nick Taranto and Brady Yanish. The sophomore class is represented by Rose Buchwald-McGlennon, Alexis Linder and Derek Matzek.
The complicated and amusing music is performed by a great band of young musicians under the direction of Mr. John Kleppe. The band includes Tyler Beder, Katlyn Bignell, Jenny Johnson, Ashly Matzek, Steffanie Paquet, Tyler Ray, Alexandra Runyon, Naomi Sarnstrom, Ashley Schwarzhoff, Hannah Snoeyenbos, Megan Stress and Molly Woletz.
The show is directed by Moore, with technical and vocal direction from Peter Dulak, choreography led by Hailee Thoen, stage management provided by seniors Austin and Heather Wilcox, and junior Mallory Gardas. Counting cast, crew, band, set construction and costume construction, over 100 students have been involved in this production.
Audience members who are not familiar with Monty Python will still find a humorous and entertaining show appropriate for all audiences.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for students, and are available at the high school office and at the show.