"Spamalot" Is Opening Act in Nichols Center for Theater and Dance

To the riotous laughter and appreciative applause of full-house audiences, more than 50 student actors, musicians, and tech crew members produced the musical Spamalot April 6–9 in the newly renovated Norris Ely Orchard Theater (NEO). 

Presented by the Loomis Chaffee Performing Arts Department, the show was the first production in the newly opened John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Center for Theater and Dance, which includes the renewed and enhanced NEO.  

“The new space is great to work in and is also beautiful for audience members,” said senior Jasper Gitlitz, stage manager of the production. “The entire cast and crew worked tirelessly to put on this show, and I am so proud of all of them.”  

Inspired by the classic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot made its Broadway debut in 2005. The Grammy and Tony award-winning musical was written by Eric Idle, an original member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, with musician John Du Prez.  

Embellished with singing, dancing, and killer rabbits, the irreverent, slapstick parody of the Arthurian legend tells the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable on a quest to find the Holy Grail, a journey that crosses paths with the Lady of the Lake, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Knights Who Say “Ni,” and other outlandish characters. The cast included senior Ben Radmore as King Arthur; senior Aidan Cooper as Sir Lancelot; senior Vanessa Magid as the Lady of the Lake; senior Grace Thompson as Patty, King Arthur’s servant; senior Kate Shymkiv as Sir Bedevere; junior Jade Silverstein as Sir Robin; and sophomore Brigham Cooper as Sir Galahad.  

For a complete list of the cast and crew, please view the Spamalot program.  

A gallery of photos of the play is also available for viewing.