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THE SHOW:  

Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with a screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.  

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table embark on the glorious quest for the Holy Grail. Complete with coconuts, shrubberies, flesh wounds, Holy Hand Grenades, and a Trojan Rabbit. Adapted from the classic, irreverent comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical garnered fourteen Tony nominations and earned the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical. The show includes songs like I am Not Dead Yet, Run Away, and The Song That Goes Like This. And The Song That Goes Like This (Reprise). As well as songs that Monty Python fans will already be familiar with including Brave Sir Robin and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Along the way, King Arthur, his not-so-brave Sir Robin, his very gay Sir Lancelot, taunting French knights, and the diva-ish Lady of the Lake (along with her Laker Girls) will encourage all of us to Find Your Grail.  

THE PRODUCTION:  

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts delivers a big, fun, and splashy production directed by Tim Nelson. Student Scenic Designer Stephen Stanec’s castle walls and darkened, very expensive forest set look great, and student Costume Designers Tawni Bridenball and Aaren Kisner bring color and style ranging from Middle Ages to Late Disco. The student orchestra is flawless. And the student cast is impressive from dancing royalty to plagued peasant.  

Shiloh Orr leads the way as King Arthur whether rallying his knights in All For One or bravely riding about all alone (with his loyal and comedic coconuts companion Tovi Wayne). Kelsey Kato is hilarious as Sir Robin who joins the knights of Camelot for the singing and dancing, but not so much the fighting, danger part. Alex Jean is a rip as the macho-turned-flamboyant Sir Lancelot who is drawn to all manly forms, mortal and immortal (one of his fellow knights slaps him on the head for checking out the latter). But it takes a gay maraca disco band to break him out of the closet in His Name is Lancelot led by Cole Wachman as Prince Herbert who could well be described as fabulous. But what happened to The Lady of the Lake? The leading lady doesn’t appreciate being ignored most of the show, but Shelby Rawlinson (also played by Kristen Daniels in double-cast role) is very amusing with her musical romantic parody The Song That Goes Like This with King Arthur and her Diva’s Lament bemoaning her smaller part.  

Just a few of the other highlights include comedy duo Garrett Engle as Sir Galahad and mother Mrs. Galahad (Devon Matthews with fantastic facial expressions and use of voice), Asher Ehrenberg as Sir Bedevere, Chase Slovak as a dance-happy and very lively Not Dead Fred, and Daniel Cox on stilts as the obnoxious Knight of Ni. The Laker Girls shine cheering King Arthur on in Come With Me, the French Taunters and Knights of Ni are experts at psychological warfare, and the whole talented cast shines brightly in Find Your Grail nicely choreographed by Diane Makas and the big, infectiously happy Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Performed October 18 - 27, 2013

Rob Hopper
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National Youth Arts

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King Arthur: Shiloh Orr
Patsy: Tovi Wayne
Sir Robin: Kelsey Kato
Sir Lancelot: Alex Jean
Sir Dennis Galahad: Garrett Engle
Sir Bedevere: Asher Ehrenberg
The Lady of the Lake: Kristen Daniels / Shelby Rawlinson
Ladies of the Lake (10/18,20,26):
Lilly Buonocore
Carly Dederick
Katie Donovan
Taylor Herbel
Ladies of the Lake (10/19,25,27):
Annie Accetta
Susannah Oelson
Samantha Wojtaszek
Kimberly Ziler
Prince Herbert: Cole Wachman
Not Dead Fred: Chase Solvak
Historian: Alexis Germain
Mrs. Galahad: Devon Matthews
French Taunter: Will Melvin
Black Knight: Jacob Cain
Father: Stephen Stanec
Knight of Ni: Daniel Cox
Concorde: Elijah Orr
Guard #1: Will Melvin
Guard #2: Daniel Cox
God: Jacob Cain
Minstrel: Guy McEleney
Finland Mayors: Noah Hapke, Kelly Ogas
Brother Maynard: Maxwell Holley
Ensemble:
Taylor Aragon
Grace Bowen
Ariel Brown
Jacob Cain
Katherine Chatman
Julia Clark
Lauren Cocroft
Claire Conti
Daniel Cox
Mae Cusack
Hannah Davis
Danielle Drake
Sarah Droker
Lexi Germain
Noah Hapke
Laura Harris
Mary-Lynn Hearn
Maxwell Holley
Jenny Hudson
Rosella Juliano
Riley Keough
Autumn Kirkpatrick
Noah LaBare
Candace Lee
Lauren Low
Luciana Martinez
Devon Matthews
Alexandra Mazza
Guy McEleney
Shannon McCoy
Marisa McKenna
Sam Melvin
Will Melvin
Emily Michels
Kate Napoli
Anna Nguyen
Doreen Nguyen
Kelly Ogas
Elijah Orr
Allyson Peffers
Haley Peterson
Selah Rabin
Taryn Ransom
Chase Slovak
Stephen Stanec
Julia Stratton
Paige Taylor
Emma Tweitmann
Cole Wachman
Taylor Windle

Flute/Piccolo: Gabriella deLeon
Clarinet: Shakira Ellis, Laura Mandich
Saxophone: Christian Mininsohn, Oscar Soriano, Eric Xue
Trumpet: Mark Bush, Michael Lewson, Parker Snow
Horn: Paul Jai
Trombone: Jamie McCaa
Tuba: Adam Martinez
Violin:
Richard Adkins
Matthew Drulias
Bradley Smith
Arissa Tee
Erika Wakatake
Kiley Wong
Bass: Evan Nelson
Guitar: Jack Sneddon
Drums: Harrison Fitch
Percussion: Tyler Buu
Keyboards:
Marylin Breeze
Brett Bennett
Justin Lam
Stella Monshaw
Jason Yamashita

Director: Tim Nelson
Musical Director: Tim Nelson
Choreographer: Diane Makas
Orchestra Conductor: Gregg Gilboe
Technical Direction: Joe Batte
Costume Supervision: Rachel Engstrom
Stage Manager: Amanda Smith
Scenic Designer: Stephen Stanec
Head Costume Designer: Madelyn Midboe
Costume Designers: Tawni Bridenball, Aaren Kisner
Properties Master: Sierra Cody
Lighting Designer: Stephanie Laing


   

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