NKUâ€™s â€œSpamalotâ€ Earns 4.5 Star LCT Rating
Posted On April 21, 2014
Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Northern Kentucky Unversity Theatre Departmentâ€™s Spamalot, with a 4.5 star recommendation. Spamalot is the side-splitting musical version of the classic comedy movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Panelist called Spamalot â€œan exuberant, rambunctious, outrageous showâ€ full of â€œfun, irreverent, envelope-pushing sillinessâ€. Director Ken Jones was praised for â€œkeeping it fast-moving and faithful to the Monty Python spirit while putting an original spin on the materialâ€¦ keeping all of this reined in so as not to become chaotic, but rather hugely energetic, was not an easy task.â€ Jamie Strawn was commended for his strong musical direction, as was choreographer Roderick Justice for â€œtop-notchâ€ choreography that really â€œdeliveredâ€. Ronnie Chamberlainâ€™s costume design was also recognized, â€œrunning the gamut from peasant clothes to knightly armor to wedding garbâ€¦they must have spent the costume budget for the next 2 years.â€ Panelists also appreciated Terry Powellâ€™s â€œfunâ€ lighting design, doing a great job â€œanimating the spacesâ€.
The entire ensemble was applauded â€œfor their enthusiastic acting and singing while embracing the zaniness of the showâ€; â€œthe entire cast were having an great time performing and it rubbed off on the audience. Really, everyone in the cast had fabulous moments.â€ Hunter Henrickson was singled out for hilarious roles as â€œNot Dead Fredâ€ and â€œPrince Herbertâ€ as well as Bradley Gorrenâ€™s impressive portrayal of King Arthurâ€™s assistant, Patsy.
Spamalot continues through April 27th. Tickets can be obtained online at www.theatre.nku.edu.
Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.