NKU’s “Spamalot” Earns 4.5 Star LCT Rating
By Kirk Sheppard, on April 21st, 2014
Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Northern Kentucky Unversity Theatre Department’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.
an exuberant, rambunctious, outrageous show” full of “fun, irreverent, envelope-pushing silliness”. Director Ken Jones was praised for “keeping it fast-moving and faithful to the Monty Python spirit while putting an original spin on the material… keeping all of this reined in so as not to become chaotic, but rather hugely energetic, was not an easy task.” Jamie Strawn was commended for his strong musical direction, as was choreographer Roderick Justice for “top-notch” choreography that really “delivered”. Ronnie Chamberlain’s costume design was also recognized, “running the gamut from peasant clothes to knightly armor to wedding garb…they must have spent the costume budget for the next 2 years.” Panelists also appreciated Terry Powell’s “fun” lighting design, doing a great job “animating the spaces”.
The entire ensemble was applauded “for their enthusiastic acting and singing while embracing the zaniness of the show”; “the entire cast were having an great time performing and it rubbed off on the audience. Really, everyone in the cast had fabulous moments.” Hunter Henrickson was singled out for hilarious roles as “Not Dead Fred” and “Prince Herbert” as well as Bradley Gorren’s impressive portrayal of King Arthur’s assistant, Patsy.
Spamalot continues through April 27th. Tickets can be obtained online at the NKU theatre box office.
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.