|Eric Nogas (above left, with raised hands) is one of the Knights of the Round Table in Spamalot's Camelot scene.|
PHOTO by Jim Kelly
Eric is also pictured below as one of the Finlanders in the Fisch Schlapping Dance.
As English philosopher John Locke once wrote, “A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this world.” If that’s the case, Eric Nogas must be one happy guy. Eric not only plays an ensemble member in Monty Python’s Spamalot, but as sound designer, he has played an instrumental role in shaping the Farmington Players’ production. Eric has assembled a cacophony of sound effects from thunderclaps and explosions, to farm animals to flatulence. Not to mention pre-show announcements and music, and even the “voice of God” (pre-recorded by the Python’s Eric Idle).
After designing sound for the past five shows at the Barn, Eric decided it was time to venture onstage as an ensemble member. Eric likes that he gets to play “many roles including a Finlander, a dead body, a British knight, a French guard, and a Monk. We have our hands full with all of the dancing we have to do including learning how to tap dance. In addition to the dancing, we have to change costumes so many times we don’t know if we are coming or going.” Despite not being a Monty Python fan, Eric had heard so many great things about Spamalot that he “wanted to be part of that fun and I have not been disappointed.” Only after putting together the preshow music, Eric says, “did I truly understand that Python was very much ahead of their time and on the cutting edge of comedy. If you like to laugh, you will love this show. It has fast-paced, clever writing, and of course Monty Python is not afraid to be controversial.”
Eric grew up in Livonia and lives in Farmington with his wife Christa and kids Jack (14) and Sydney (8). He has worked at Snelling Staffing Service’s for the last 17 years as a Branch Manager of the Southfield office. Eric remarks that “everyone at the Barn has been very welcoming and I am amazed by all the hard work and passion that everyone brings to each show. I have not worked with many of our cast before but they make coming to rehearsal fun and we are always laughing.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Barn box office at 248-553-2955.