MY DAY: “Always look on the bright side of life…”

Arthur: God be praised. We have a quest: to find the grail!   Sir Robin: The quail!  Arthur: No, the grail. The vessel used at the last supper.   Sir Robin: They had a boat at the last supper? Was it a sort of dinner cruise?   Sir Galahad: The grail is a cup.   Sir Robin: God the almighty and all-knowing has misplaced a cup?

If you logged into this post to bask in one of my motivational soapboxes, you’re on the wrong page.

Last night, for the first time, I saw the musical, SPAMALOT, based on the cult classic, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL.

I’ve not seen the movie, but had a working knowledge.  I knew many of the songs, and the show’s premise, but was not completely aware of what was in store for me!

What a jolly good time!

The terribly talented cast of Sinclair Community College’s production, under the direction of Gina Kleesattel, was incredibly hilarious.  Skylar McNeely’s King Arthur had me rolling.  And Skylar’s court of fine merrymakers and bumbling fools balanced beautifully.

We were seated in the balcony (a very comfortable one) and at times, the orchestra overpowered the singers.  But, this is nothing new in musical theatre world.  Ken Kohlenberg, one of the Miami Valley’s finest conductors, led a “Don’t make me come down there” fifteen-piece orchestra, packed with some of Dayton’s finest musicians.  The vocals were strong, yet, there were times diction could have been more crisp during ensemble work.  Had I known the entire score, as with most productions I attend, I may not have noticed.

Patsy: I’m Jewish!  Arthur: What? Why didn’t you say so?  Patsy: Well… it’s not the sort of thing you say in front of a heavily armed christian.

Terry Stump, who has been one of my favorite scenic designers for twenty years, and it did not surprise me that I shook my head several times, as if to say, “Terry’s done it, again.”  Mr. Stump’s creativity, talent and great humor produced a fitting, witty and clever set!

Sinclair Community College is one of Dayton’s often best kept secrets.  For twenty years I’ve enjoyed attending – even appearing in – shows, and am never let down.  Wright State University, Sinclair Community College, and Cedarville University provide the Miami Valley with excellent theatre!

Arthur: But I thought you were a fairy.  Lady of the Lake: Oh no, that’s Lancelot.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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