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Spring musical delivers high energy, multiple laughs


A man wearing a white silky nightgown, with blonde permed locks, speaks of controversy in a giddy, high-pitched voice.


You should already want to go see this year’s spring musical, “Spamalot,” which will run 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a final show at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Laxson Auditorium, but if you still need more convincing, read closely, you peasant!

“Oh man, it was so funny,” said attendee Ken Johnson.

And that it was. There were real, live stallions on stage!

Oh my mistake, it was just some coconuts being banged together by Patsy, played by Philomena Block. But what more could you want from a Monty Python based production?

Just after the first act, alumni Jeremy Votava said the musical did the beloved film, “Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” justice.

And even though there was a slight hiccup with the microphone as Ashley Garlick sang one of her songs, the opening performance was phenomenal.

“Kudos to Miss Ashley Garlick for overcoming technical difficulties,” Votava said.

King Arthur, played by Xander Ritchey, enchanted the audience with his modest rhyming and tantalizingly big sword, named Excaliber.

“How many swords have their own name?!” his character said.

Knights of the round table with exaggerated facial expressions sang songs on their conquest to find the Holy Grail.

And, not naming names, but one of them crapped their bloomers during several acts.

Prepare for pelvic thrusts on the painted scenery, instantaneous outfit changes, live kissing, one-handed cartwheels, sparkling pom poms and break-dancing Hasidic Jews.

Those with an irrational fear of rabbits might want to think twice about coming.

But for 10-year-old Alec Angel, the killer rabbit was his favorite part.

“Being a Monty Python fan, the orchestra and singing brought it to a whole new level,” Adam Black, senior geography major, said.

Seat B 101 might as well come in costume, because you’re going onstage.

Some unprompted reactions included:

“Wow what a production!” and “That was fantastic.”

Emma Wood-Wright can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_news on Twitter.

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