ROCKPORT — “Spamalot,” the Camden Hills Regional High School fall musical, is a madcap mashup of the King Arthur legend and story of the plague, based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The show opened Nov. 5 and has three more performances Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. There is also a livestream performance Nov. 12.

In her introduction on opening night Nov. 5, Director Kim Murphy recognized seniors in the production, as she does every year. This year, that recognition has special meaning. The pandemic closed down indoor theater for these students last year, making them all the more excited to be back on stage at the school’s Strom Auditorium again.

From songs to dance, acting, sets, props, lighting and sound, seniors took the lead, with a big group of very talented juniors, sophomores and freshmen in featured roles and ensembles.

All seats must be reserved by purchasing at StromTix.com, emailing StromTickets@gmail.com or calling 236-7800 x3282, due to social distancing requirements. Tickets are $5 – $10 for the 6 p.m. show. For the 7 p.m. shows, ticket are $10 for students/seniors, $15 – $20 for adults (advance sales) and $20 – $25 for adults at the door.

Comedy, dance and song come together in ‘Spamalot,’ the Camden Hills Regional High production at Strom Auditorium in Rockport. Photo by Marti Stone

Senior Brian Bland is very excited about being back in the Strom Auditorium for his final musical as the set designer for “Spamalot.”

He was in charge of props for “Mary Poppins” in 2019 and this year has enjoyed making most of the props for “Spamalot” with several helpers. His  favorite props — Patsy’s backpack, the holy hand grenade and the Holy Grail. Bland, who is a dancer with Studio Red, is also featured on stage.

Murphy just happened to buy one of the props used in “Spamalot,” when she saw the Broadway show years ago.  The coconut shells ‘clopped together’ are the classic sound effect of some very silly scenes where King Arthur pretends to ride his horse.

From left, King Arthur (Joshua Kohlstrom) “gallops” on his steed, while Patsy (Preston Henderson) makes the sound of horse’s hooves with coconut shells. Photo by Marti Stone

Senior Molly Blemaster, has been “dancing with Studio Red for years,” and is featured with a talented group in many dance scenes in Spamalot. She previously performed in “Anything Goes” and “Mary Poppins,” one of her favorite musicals.

“Spamalot” may be the favorite cast she has worked with. “There is just so much creativity and laughter from everyone,” she said. One of her favorite dances in the show is the Lancelot disco number and favorite songs are “I am not dead yet” and “Whatever happened to my part?”

This is the first year she joined the tech crew. In the past she has helped with hair and makeup, and this year with a friend is personal stylist for Audrey Leavitt, who plays Lady of the Lake.

From left, French Can Can Dancers Lorelei Rademacher, Camden Contakos, Molly Blemaster and Rachael Rademacher help defend their castle. These dancers also appear as the Tapping Knights and Disco Dancers. Photo by Marti Stone

Tom Roberts has numerous character roles, in “Spamalot,” including a Knight of Ni, a French citizen, and Frog, his favorite. It’s not surprising the disco scene is one of his favorites in “Spamalot,” because he loves the musical “Mama Mia.”

Roberts has been on stage freshman and sophomore years in the Camden Hills musicals “Anything Goes” in 2018 and in “Mary Poppins” where he was a gentleman flying a kite, a statue in the park who comes to life and more.  He has danced with Kinetic Energy Alive, appearing in several shows, including the “Lion King,” danced with the Thriller flash mob Halloween on Pearl Street for three years, and was in “Annie” with the Belfast Maskers.

The Knights of Ni is one of many hilarious scenes in Camden Hill’s fall musical ‘Spamalot.’ Shows continue Wed. Nov. 10, Friday Nov. 12 and Sat. Nov. 13. All seats must be reserved in advance by purchasing at StromTix.com, emailing StromTickets@gmail.com or calling 236-7800 x3282. Photo by Marti Stone

Senior Luke Nappa is stage manager for “Spamalot,” a role he has wanted since joining the ‘running crew’ freshman year. “To finally be there, running the backstage techies and moving set pieces is unforgettable,” he said.

Since ninth grade, he has been part of the tech crew for shows including “Anything Goes,” “Mary Poppins” and “Theory of Relativity.” He helped construct sets for the One Act play “A Matter of Heritage” and “You and Mia,” and was in the cast of the Spring 2020 Zoom play, “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

The Bright Side Dancing Knights with Patsy in the lead show off their stuff in a tap number. Photo by Marti Stone

Over 30 students joined the tech crew to construct sets, paint scenic backdrops, make props and costumes and run lighting and sound systems. Photo by Marti Stone

 

Camden Hills students Emmit Dayhoof, Kalen Hixson, Lincoln Pierce and Ina Wolovitz, join professional musicians in the pit orchestra conducted by Craig Ouellette for ‘Spamalot,’ the fall musical. Photo by Marti Stone

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