Landmark Community Theatre at the Thomaston Opera House, Thomaston: Oh those chorus numbers! What voices! What performances!
If you feel like laughing a lot, then head over to Landmark Community Theatre at the Thomaston Opera House where you will experience two things. First you’ll discover comedy at its best. Considering that this musical plays off of the hilarious Monty Python and the Holy Grail screenplay, you can imagine the outrageous comedy you are in for. Secondly, you’ll be amazed at the high level of talent. There’s not one voice that doesn’t rate high on the wow factor. The dancers are terrific and the characterizations are unforgettable. Add to this list of superlatives outstanding costumes, a great set, and wildly funny props. This show is much too good to miss. And it’s only $25, with seniors and students paying $22.
Here is a spin-off on the legend of King Arthur and his round table, complete with knights. A befuddled Arthur and his dumbfounded knights set off on a quest for a holy grail. Along the way, they meet up with outlandish characters including a killer rabbit, show girls, and a very lovely lady of the lake. They mess up everything they attempt, but they do so in the most side-splitting and uproarious ways.
Mensah Robinson, who sings and dances as if those skills were as natural as talking and walking, is eminently likeable and perfectly cast. He carries the role, no matter how silly the situation, with a regal attitude. Ashley Mcleod as the lady of the lake has a voice that projects a depth of emotion while being warm and full at the same time. She’s got a voice you want to listen to over and over again. The same holds true for Bob Lussier whose rich voice fills the theater and defines the breadth of his melodic instrument. Joe Guttadauro is so consistently funny that when he sings a solo towards the end of the show, he surprises all with his fine voice.
Jonathan Ross has played many a role as a distinguished gentleman who wears a suit. Perhaps that is why his uncanny ability to string comic scenes together so hilariously is all the more funny. He is a strong actor who never misses a punch line and whose exaggerated affectations as a nasty Frenchman and King of Ni register laughter throughout the production.
Others who excel in this production include: Matt Cornish, Rob Thornton, Josh Viltrakis, John Mullen, Patrick Hearn, Laureen Monge, Jen Colella, Patti Paganucci, Kelsey Morris, Leslie Bacon, Karen Robinson, Kerri Morris, Steve Sorriero, Phillip Zaprzalka, Dustin Bingham, Robert Sanders, and Humphry Rolleston.
Director/choreographer Foster Evans Reese not only has an eye for detail, but a great sense of comic timing, which is crucial to this musical. He should be doing pirouettes backstage, because all the dancers performed beautifully. That the cast is large doesn’t seem to faze the audience, because everyone in the cast performs like a shiny gear in a well-oiled machine. Musical director TJ Thompson should be humming happily because the vocalists and orchestra were in perfectly in sync. Ed Bassett’s costume design was superior as was Dan Checovete’s lighting design.
This production plays through Feb. 12. Box office: 860-283-6250.
Joanne Greco Rochman is an active member in The American Theatre Critics Association. She welcomes comments. Contact: [email protected]