A Week in Spamalot
Last week, Brentwood’s musical program performed their much-anticipated production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Preparing since September, the cast and crew members were excited to show us their work through one of the most comedic, enthralling and astounding performances the school has seen yet. The actors led the audience through an imitation Camelot, as we followed King Arthur, alongside his Knights of the Round Table, on their journey to find the Holy Grail.
This year’s musical was different from last, as it was one that granted the actors more freedom to develop their characters in a comedic setting. The returning cast members believed that this performance was one of the best-received by the audience. The cast expressed how much fun they had in a play where they were able to break the fourth wall and interact with the audience. It is difficult to rehearse without the laughter of a live audience, but they pulled through with flying colors onstage.
The musical program at Brentwood is unique, as it maintains a strong, well-knit community whilst inviting participants of any grade or level of experience. Despite the large size of the program and its variety of individuals, it is known to be an environment that encourages positive relationships that will last. Hugh R, Privett ‘20, who played Sir Robin, says that he fostered connections he “is grateful for, and would not have made if not for the musical”.
Without a doubt, the musical is challenging. Dressed day after day in heavy robes or sweaty knight costumes while giving absolutely everything to the spectators is very taxing. It can be difficult to stay spirited, but the cast did so with admirable resilience. “You need to constantly stay energetic, giving one hundred percent”, says Felix W, Privett ‘20, playing Sir Galahad.
Nevertheless, staying energetic isn’t too much of a problem. Looking across the stage to see their best friends performing beside them, the actors never lost sight of the goal. It is an “amazing thing to do what you love with your best friends”, Felix further explains.
One of the hardest things to do when performing is allow room for error and getting back up when mistakes are made.
Torren K, Privett ‘20, who played Sir Bedevere, is confident that the show was “a rewarding experience to share with friends, and give to the audience”. Brentwood is very fortunate to have all of these incredible members of the cast and crew on the team who made this amazing production possible. We are all so proud of their success and will miss the seniors who will not be returning next year. It was an emotional last performance as tears were shed while saying goodbye to the lifers, but they have left a legacy to be upheld by the strong newcomers who have just begun to blossom.
Finally, this production would have been impossible without the staff team who put in the effort and gracefully endure the chaos every year. Mr Newns led the orchestra, Sally Smith was on costumes, Mr Armitage mastered the production elements, Mrs Blake instructed the dancers, and our Director, Mrs Widenmaier, led things throughout the year to a perfect conclusion. Congratulations everyone, and thank you.
Chloe C, Allard ‘21