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We laughed a lot at Spamalot!

It was a laugh a minute and much ‘Fisch Schlapping’ at the Saint Stephen’s College Senior musical Monty Python’s Spamalot, with audience feedback for the four performances – starring 81 actors, dancers, orchestra members and tech crew – still ringing loud, proud.

Director and College Drama Teacher Bradley Chapman said staging the musical was an enormous eight-month mission for all involved.

“Luckily we have an extremely dedicated group of performers who met the demands of a busy schedule with the commitment and enthusiasm of professionals,” said Mr Chapman.

“Though some of the actors had never been involved in a stage production (whilst others are seasoned performers) I was impressed with their ideas, creativity and tenacity. I really could not have asked for a friendlier, funnier or more hardworking group of students.

“Comedy is like music: you can work very hard, but at the end of the day you must have an ear for it to succeed. All cast members showed enormous flexibility in adapting to the ever-changing styles and characters that this show demanded and the highlight for audiences was watching the amazing transformation to new heights.

“Through the Performing Arts, students learn the value of critical feedback, explore the depth of human expression, develop unique cognitive abilities, form new bonds and strengthen existing relationships, develop talents and habits that transcend all other areas of study, express themselves creatively, find their voice and develop a well-rounded sense of self. Some students will perhaps never tread the boards again after graduation whilst others will actively pursue a career in this arena. But, whatever path they choose, the fact remains that Theatre in Education benefits everyone “

Music Director and Director of Performing Arts, Dylan Troyahn, said one of the greatest single things a college could do to bring people from all walks of life together, was put on a musical.

“A musical extends far beyond the members of the Performing Arts Department, drawing in people from all areas of the College. From instrumental tutors to the maintenance department, administration and Friends of the Arts, it takes a community to put on a successful musical,” said Mr Troyahn.

“One of the exciting parts of a musical is leading an orchestra that combines the talent of our most advanced students with our experienced instrumental tutors. It is a new opportunity for students to sit beside their tutors as equals, developing their skills and musicianship on the job.

“The music for Spamalot is very demanding. However, each member of the ensemble rose to the challenge. I thank our wonderful tutors, staff and students for their hard work, and the tech crew for making us look good and sound great.”

Spamalot is a musical based on the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, from the original screen play by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Book and lyrics by Eric Idle and music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle. It was presented by Saint Stephen’s College by arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Theatrical Rights Worldwide, New York.