It’s spring musical time, and for your pure entertainment McKinney High School students will offer “Spamalot” to the public this weekend. Based on the cult move “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the musical maintains many of the famous lines and scenes we all remember with such fondness. In addition, lighthearted songs pay homage to the golden age of musical comedy. Full of tongue-in-cheek dialogue, broad humor, and flashy dance numbers, “Spamalot” is sure to help you look on the “bright side of life” for a couple of hours this weekend.
In addition to a talented cast of McKinney High School students, the cast will also feature the current principal of MHS, Dr. Logan Faris. When the musical was first suggested to him, his response was enthusiastically “I’m really good at the cocoanuts!” a reference to the use of cocoanuts as horse hooves that occurs throughout the movie and the play. However, Faris’ stage presence lent itself to a much more imposing role – that of Prince Herbert’s Father, who is always trying to stop the music.
“Spamalot” will serve as the MHS entry in the third annual Dallas Summer Musical’s High School Musical Theatre Awards competition. MHS has participated in this event since its inception in the fall of 2011. “Finian’s Rainbow” received 1 nomination, and “Sweeney Todd” received 5 nominations. Last year, 48 schools across the DFW Metroplex participated, and it has grown into the largest high school musical competition in the state of Texas in just 3 years.
“Spamalot” performance dates are as follows:
- Thursday January 30, Friday January 31, Saturday February 1 and Monday February 3.
- All shows are at 7 p.m.
- Performed at the McKinney High School Auditorium (1400 Wilson Creek Parkway).
- General admission is $10 for students and $12 for adults and can be purchased at the door.
For more information, contact Denise Tooch, Director of MHS Theatre, at firstname.lastname@example.org.