A bit of British humor was played out on the Rumson-Fair Haven High School stage this spring. Let’s correct that statement – a huge amount of hilarious humor was enjoyed by the audience at the Tower Players production of Spamalot.
The play actually spoofs itself as being “a new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
The giggles began within two minutes of the curtain going up. The laughter continued throughout the evening as the players displayed excellent comedic timing and effective inflections. It was clear that the cast members were thoroughly enjoying the story telling of King Arthur’s misadventures.
Cast members were Jackson Champeau (King Arthur), Hailey Blum (Patsy), Lorraine Lombardo (The Lady of the Lake), Chris Stypa (Sir Robin), Evan Callas (Sir Lancelot), Christian Stone (Sir Galahad), Roshan Sell (Sir Bedevere), Matt Child (Historian), Gemma Formisano (Not Dead Fred), Mallory Aronne (Mrs. Galahad), Connor Olson (French Taunter), Emma Nagarian (Minstrel), Aric Loiacono (Black Knight), Ava Bruno (Concorde), Matte Black (Prince Herbert), Ava Bruno/Mary Grace Cosgrove/Gemma Formisano/Emme Patel/Katie Shapiro/Georgia Watt (The Laker Girls).
Appearing in the Ensemble cast were Madeline Albertell, Mallory Aronne, David Belfer, Matte Black, Kole Cannon, Matt Child, Julia Coon, Allison Dassler, Ellie Frankel, Charlotte Gagliardi, Shea Kennedy, Aric Loiacono, Emma Nagarian, Connor Olson, Matthew Pinsley, Conor Quinn, Brittany Stephen, Malek Walkton-McManus and Mackenzie Wark.
“Spamalot” was directed by KasiAnn Sweeney. Supporting the production were: Sue Wankel (Production Coordinator), Matthew Leddin (Scenic Designer/Technical Director), Catherine Cleary (Costume and Prop Designer), Anthony Preuster (Assistant Director), Amanda Gorfain (Music and Vocal Director), Donna Battaglia (Choreographer), Duncan Thomson (Stage Manager), Cameron Adamson/Brendan Simons (Assistant Stage Managers), Joey Negrin (Lighting Designer), Tess Bates/Emily Gangi (Sound Engineers), Claire Kennedy (Microphone Technician/Master Carpenter), Katie Tucker/Abigael Rosenthal (Head Scenic Artists), Ry Beausoleil (Spotlight Operator/Construction Supervisor) Andrew Romano (Spotlight Operator), Michael Kasun (Construction Supervisor), Evan Callas (Master Carpenter/Physical Warm Up Warrior), Jackson Champeau (Vocal Warm Up Warrior) and Mallory Aronne/Connor Olson/Georgia Watt (Dance Captains).
“This production was a zany ride from start to finish!” Director KasiAnn Sweeney said. “The advisors were lucky to work with this group of incredibly talented students, who heartily embraced the Monty Python comedy. Our hard work was rewarded with the laughter and applause from the enthusiastic audience at each performance. Kudos to everyone for a job well done!”