September 16th, 2009

Whimsical Kevin

Spamalot

I have a camera full of photos from our group expedition to see Spamalot last night as part of kproche's birthday. dsmoen has already posted about it along with photos, so that will do for now until I have time to deal with my camera.

In group shots, being one of the tall people, I'm usually at the back and therefore you can't see my costume; however, I am in one of dsmoen's group detail shots (behind the cut below), for which I thank her.

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We had great seats -- right in the middle in rows 8/9/10 -- and our group of people in our "Knights of the Log Table" costumes caused a fair bit of stir and curiosity from the audience. I was amused at the range of reactions to our explaining what our group name was. Some people cracked up, while others gave us a completely blank look, saying, "What's a 'log table?'"

After the show, we gathered outside the theatre in front of the show's trailer, where several of the actors, including "King Arthur," Christopher Gurr, came out and talked with us and told us they could easily see us from the stage and that they really appreciated our enthusiasm. After that, we went to a nearby bar/restaurant, only to learn that it was booked up for a private cast party for the cast, crew, and sponsors of the show we'd just seen! But the manager was very nice and said we could sit outside in the patio area, which worked out just fine: first, it had been pretty warm in the theatre and I was happy to cool off, and second, it meant that those people from the production who wanted to come out and talk to us could do so without being obliged to do so. We had a number of very nice conversations with people out there.

I very much enjoyed the show. I'm not going to talk too much about the specifics, because there are actually spoilers involved and other people might want to see it without having the surprises revealed. But I was very amused by a point in Act 2 where they'd worked in a local reference and the audience went wild and stopped the show for at least a minute, and maybe longer, because it did seem like we'd managed to crack up the cast on stage, and you could see King Arthur working hard to re-compose himself and wait for the pandemonium to die down so he could continue, which just encouraged the audience to keep going. This, of course, is one of the reasons you need a live orchestra for these things -- you have to be able to adjust for what's happening in real time.

Anyway, happy birthday once again to kproche and thank you again for inviting us and for organizing the Knights, and thanks to you and all of the others who worked to make our costumes. I was delighted to be part of the group!