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'Spamalot' cast and crew ready for their audience

October 2013

SAU's cast and crew of Spamalot have been eagerly preparing for an audience.

Props, costumes, and dance numbers were put together within a 5-week rehearsal process. Along with being a spontaneous show, this has been a spontaneous project from the start.

Bill Theisen, the Skylight Music Theatre's artistic director, originally was slated to be the guest director for Spamalot. However, Theisen also accepted the position of Director the Opera program at University of Iowa. Understandably, the demanding schedules conflicted and he became unavailable for SAU.

Michael Kennedy, an Ambrose alum and former theatre professor, took Theisen's place as artistic director of the project. "It feels strange," said Kennedy. "I was hoping to see a production by Theisen, but it turns out to be a production by me."

Although it was a disappointment to lose Bill Theisen from our team, the show will not be a disappointment. Cast members have been ardently practicing their dance moves (under the choreographic leadership of Daniel Rairdin-Hale) and songs (music directed by Dr. Thea Engleson), aiming for a very successful show.

"I love it," said ensemble member junior Madison Auge. "I've never been in a production where everybody works so hard."

Rairdin-Hale, assistant director and choreographer of the show, agreed with the team's strong work ethic.

"It's been a lot of hard work, but hopefully it will all pay off come Friday."

Come support the musical of the year. As Rairdin-Hale enthused, "it's a hoot!"

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