|NONE SHALL PASS! Michelle Noble stands her ground as the Black Knight|
PHOTO by Tony Targan
The Black Knight is one of the most iconic figures in Monty Python’s SPAMALOT and the Holy Grail movie upon which it is based. The Black Knight is brave, tenacious, and stubborn to a fault, maintaining his invincibility despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Although a man traditionally plays the Black Knight, Michelle Noble has assumed the role in the Farmington Players production of Spamalot, and she couldn’t be better suited to the part. Michelle is an eternal optimist, and her enthusiasm and versatility as an actor makes her a valued cast member. In fact, Michelle plays three traditionally male roles – the Black Knight, Sir Bors, and Kevin the carter – plus a French chef, a Finlander, and a bridesmaid as an ensemble member.
Michelle says, “my favorite thing about my characters are being dismembered (multiple times), and getting to toss Tom Arwady (Not Dead Fred) over my shoulder like a sack of flour. The whole thing is a lot of fun.” Michelle wanted to be in Spamalot “because I love Monty Python. I grew up watching Flying Circus and the Holy Grail is one of my favorite movies. Also, I love acting. Especially in musicals. It was my favorite part of high school and helped me make a lot of friends and have more confidence in myself.” Michelle credits high school marching band and theatre in preparing her well: “I was lucky to be able to be part of a performing arts program like the one at Walled Lake Central high school. We strived for professionalism and we put on great shows.” Michelle has played male roles before, and her willingness to try any part at auditions and rehearsals has helped to expand her involvement in the show.
Michelle knows that people will “love this show because it's hilarious. It truly embodies the spirit of Python, while also poking a lot of fun at musical theatre in general. There are a lot of nods to the original material and a lot of theatre jokes. It's a beautiful balance.” Michelle was born and raised in West Bloomfield. She has an associate degree in culinary arts from Schoolcraft College and is currently working on her bachelors degree. Her hobbies include video games, reading, baking, jewelry making, and swimming.
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT has 12 performances at Farmington Players Barn Theater from April 28 – May 21. The show is proudly sponsored by TruVista Wealth Management. Tickets are available online at farmingtonplayers.org or by emailing email@example.com or calling the Barn box office at 248-553-2955.