|Kirk Krekeler as King Arthur (in gold) and his knights warm themselves by the fire.|
PHOTO by Jim Kelly
Monty Python’s brand of humor is known for taking a silly concept to its absurd extreme. The Pythons also have a healthy disrespect for authority and they love taking authority figures down a notch or two. So it comes as no surprise that King Arthur, the protagonist in Monty Python’s Spamalot, is the ultimate straight man. Even though he is king, his constituents are able to run logic circles around him when discussing politics or the air-speed velocity of swallows. Poor Arthur is easily flummoxed and is not very good at mathematics, or even counting to three.
In the Farmington Players production of Spamalot, Kirk Krekeler plays King Arthur. As Kirk explains, “King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table encounter insane people in his quest to find the Holy Grail. Of course, the fact that Arthur rides an invisible horse doesn’t make him exactly normal.” Kirk models his character after the late Graham Chapman, who played a befuddled Arthur in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, on which Spamalot is based. Kirk says, “I’ve seen the movie a million times and liked the way Graham Chapman played it. I think one of the reasons the movie is so good is that Graham Chapman is convincing as Arthur, so the film has an ‘anchor’ that makes the humor happening around him even funnier.”
As a huge Python fan, Kirk enjoys that “I get to be part of just about every famous scene from the movie on which the musical is based. One of the challenges I have as King Arthur is not laughing when the Knights and I meet up with different characters,” such as the French Taunter, the Knights of Ni, and Tim the Enchanter … all played by Jason Dilly, a master of outrageous accents. Kirk knows that not only will Python fans appreciate the sheer silliness, including “the references to the TV show and to the film, but Spamalot also adds a new dimension with its satire on musical theater, which Broadway fans will love.”
This is Kirk’s first show with Farmington Players and he is “very impressed with the talent of my fellow actors and directorial team.” Kirk lives in Livonia with his wife Sue and dog Daisy. He works as an Instructional Designer with the automotive companies. He and his wife have been in many shows together over the past 30 years and have played opposite each other in Music Man (Harold Hill, Marian the Librarian), The King and I (King of Siam, Anna), and Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour, Audrey).
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.