Theatre Nebula concludes its 15th season with the hysterical musical comedy, Monty Python’s Spamalot!
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail and adapted by Monty Python member Eric Idle (who co-wrote the show’s score with John Du Prez), is just as garish, madcap and entertaining – maybe more so. The musical mashes up Camelot with Vegas, madrigals with power ballads, and killer rabbits with a gay Sir Lancelot romance. Moreover, it shamelessly skewers musicals in general, with some especially choice jabs at Fiddler on the Roof and Phantom of the Opera. Spamalot is set in Britain in the Middle Ages and it gleefully milks such abominations as the black plague and gruesome warfare for laughs, as it retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, shrubbery, large trout, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical and received 14 Tony Award nominations.
“It’s so great when you have a hilarious group of artists who are fearless performers willing to do anything and everything,” says director Kevin Wiczer. “They come into rehearsals everyday with terrific ideas that have really brought this show to another level. This show has been such a blast. If you got the Spam, we got the cheese!”
The energetic cast includes: Chuck Sisson, Adam Kasprowicz, Anthony Mele, Tyler Callahan, Krist Neumann, Denise Tamborino, Brendan Foley, Tim Koll, Derek Dillon, Robert L. Williams, Adam Diamond, Dayna Palya, Amanda Diamond, Erin O’Leary, Laura Williams, JZ Zaeske and Kerry McGee.
The production opens May 10 and runs through June 15. Tickets are now on sale at CuttingHall.org!
Meet the cast and playwright/director behind Theatre Nebula’s World Premiere production of A Man with No Opinion (opens February 14, closes March 9). The cast talks about the importance of trust on stage with a small ensemble when doing a fast-paced comedy, as well as the need and desire for new, original plays.
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I am thrilled that Theatre Nebula chose to produce my play A Man With No Opinion. I created the show back in 2006 and it had successful staged readings at Harper College back in 2007. During three staged readings done over the course of three days, I received a lot of amazing feedback from the audiences (who were asked to fill out questionnaires after the show). From those readings, the play had gone through numerous surgeries and face lifts to get it to where the show is today.
Interestingly enough, the farce was originally called “The Dog Park” and that title stayed the same for seven years. However, the title of the show always bugged me a bit and I had no clue what I could or would change it to. On the way home from the auditions this January 2014, the new title A Man With No Opinion popped into my head and I immediately called producer, Jeff Greene, with the exciting news. I’m surprised this title never popped into my head because the phrase “a man with no opinion” is used several times throughout the play. Once this title was set in place, I did a complete rewrite of the show that night and sent the new script very early that morning.
The farce will also be enhanced by the original incidental music that is being created by friend, Jeff Poindexter. I had worked with Jeff on a number of shows including: Scrooge: The Musical, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: The Broadway Musical and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Playwright & Director of A Man with No Opinion
Theatre Nebula proudly presents the World Premiere of A Man with No Opinion, a farce in two acts by Kevin Wiczer. While her employers are away on a business trip, Constance Caldwell (played by Mary Clare Becks) meets the man of her dreams, Frances Billows (played by Adam Kasprowicz), a man with no opinion, which she finds ideal for a husband. Impressing Frances was the easy part, but impressing Frances’ manipulative and meddling mother, Dorothy (played by Laural Reinhart), would seem impossible. In order to gain the respect she needs to win her over, Constance pretends her employer’s home is her own, and invites them both over not realizing that her employers, Robert (played by Alex Kostner) and Lillian (played by Julia Macholl), have returned from their trip much sooner than expected. A web of lies is quickly spun in this sophisticated farce set in the 1950′s.
The production opens on Friday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day) to a SOLD OUT audience! Tickets are available for purchase for February 15 – March 9 performances at CuttingHall.org. Follow the show on Twitter using #ManWithNoOpinion.
Theatre Nebula’s 2013-2014 season will kick off with a huge production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! Check out the cast list is available under the “Current Season” tab in the menu bar. Theatre Nebula is very excited to have a variety of talented artists involved with this production. Some of which are returning Nebulites while others are new to the company.
It has been a true pleasure to get to know Katherine Conick throughout this production. I couldn’t ask for greater enthusiasm, flexibility and commitment to this show. Kat brings a spirit and an energy that any show would profit from and makes sure ALL the pieces are in place. In particular, she’s coordinated and funneled redrafts to the cast and crew with great efficiency.
Kat’s also brought a sense of optimism and fun, which can be difficult to maintain when we’re in the sprint of tech week. I’ve learned a lot about what it takes when you get your hands dirty making a play actually happen.
I love, love, love working with Kristen Foley. I was thrilled when the production team chose her. From the first table read of Crazy Love (as it was known then) in October 2010, Kristen has gotten every line and all the meaning between the words. It helps that we share a devious sense of humor, enjoy farces, and love playing on stage.
I always enjoy seeing a director elevate script (a great example is Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris on Little Miss Sunshine). Kristen blocked a difficult script seamlessly. She has added accents and touches throughout that only she could invent. Believe it or not, it takes a lot to make me laugh, but she seems to find a way. She’s also very open to ideas and has a collaborative approach.
I’ve learned a lot about directing by watching her work with the actors, corral the production team and keep forward momentum.
Thank you, Kristen. You are gift to the Normals.
Production Designer (and Producer Extraordinaire) J. Spencer Greene is bringing his 35+ years of theatre experience to our set design. His design solved a lot of problems the script presented, put some of the action right next to the audience and brings a concurrency to events that wasn’t scripted. He thankfully solved a BIG blocking problem that was slogging the end of Act I. Overall, he’s given the piece a visual cohesion.
Visuals are not my strengths. That’s the beauty (and fun!) of collaborating with so many talented artists. I’m excited for you to see his design.
I’ve spent the last month re-drafting Act II. I thought it would be simpler than Act I because everyone’s established, I know the arcs, etc. Wrong.
It was harder because while the elements were there, the rhythm was not nor a balance in our dénouement. We have a large cast (18) and a good many of them contribute to where this story ends. The last draft was windy, clunky and a bit forced.
The hardest part, though, was a scene at the heart of the story. The reason is it’s an important scene but probably a scene you’ve seen before. The challenge was to make it unique, realistic, and have some flow. The characters need to say certain things, but they can’t be set up or you’ll know what they’re going to say before the even start. The key was adding an existential edge.
Theatre Nebula would like to give heartfelt congratulations to Colette Todd and Tom Vendafreddo on their recent 2012-2013 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations. Colette is nominated as Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Musical, for her superb work as Giulietta Trapani in the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre‘s production of Aspects of Love. Tom is nominated for his wonderful work in the Best Musical Direction category for Bohemian Theatre Ensemble‘s production of The Spitfire Grill.