Spamalot on stage July 16 – 19

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Stephen Shouse

British humor, zany mayhem, a massive castle and more will fill the mainstage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville July 16 to 19 for the Northwest Florida State College production of Spamalot. The summer musical is produced by the Northwest Florida State College Fine and Performing Arts Division with a cast of community and college actors.

The hilarious parody of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a comedy of colossal scale billed as “lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” A 2012 national touring production of the comedy sold out the college’s performing arts venue and Spamalot’s original 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards including Best Musical and garnered 14 Tony nominations. 

The comedy is full of both visual and scripted zingers and will be presented in the grand scale local patrons have come to expect from the college’s summer musicals. Elaborate costumes, funny props, wry lyrics and live music also help make the show fun for the audience. One unique feature is a 24 foot by 18 foot castle, custom built by NWFSC staff and student volunteers that revolves through a system of weights and wheels to showcase both interior and exterior scenes.

The summer musical production of Spamalot will appear for four nights, Wednesday, July 16 through Saturday, July 19, at 7:30 pm each evening in the 1,650 seat mainstage theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college’s main campus in Niceville. Advance tickets are on sale now from the Box Office by phone or web at (850) 729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org for $25 adults and $20 for youth ages 18 and younger. NWFSC students may request one free ticket per student ID in-person from the Box Office.  Tickets may also be purchased at-the-door, space permitting, each night of the show starting at 6:00 p.m.  Normal Box Office hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m.

Stephen Shouse, a NWFSC student who also works as a supervisor at a Destin hotel, appears in three comedic roles — Patsy, Mayor and Guard 2. Shouse is appearing in his fifth summer musical at NWFSC and is working toward a degree in theater and entertainment technology at NWFSC. He has also performed with the NWFSC Madrigals, Soundsations and Symphony Chorale.

Shouse has performed in numerous shows and in dinner theatre and was an extra in “The Final Destination.” Professionally, he has portrayed Toby in “Sweeney Todd” as well as Mordred in “Camelot,” and is known for his character work at Walt Disney World. He is also proficient on clarinet, sax and piano — and he whistles beautifully.