|By JODY MAYERS - Special to TimeOut||
March 6, 2014
Paul Weir, who plays King Arthur, leader of the Knights of the
Round Table in the upcoming Lake Country Players production of “Spamalot,”
said his role mirrors many things he’s been involved in
throughout his life.
never seek out leadership roles, if it’s within you, it usually
seems to come out in anything you do,” he said.
that he has worked his way up to leadership roles his whole life,
from everything to becoming cub master of his son’s Cub Scouts
to work projects and theater.
production opens Friday at the Lake Country Playhouse and is based
on “Monty Python’s Holy Grail” movie, and is a relatively
new show, Weir said.
Broadway debut wasn’t that long ago, and I believe (the) Lake
Country Players is only the second group in southeastern Wisconsin
to perform this show,” he said.
Weir said what
makes the show unique is having it set in 932 A.D. England, but
blending in modern-day references and topics.
has English humor, which not everyone gets, or appreciates, but is
overall just plain funny nonetheless,” he said. “Too often in
getting friends and family to come and see it, I hear, ‘I
don’t like that kind of humor.’ Well, again, it’s funny,
well-written, well- acted, with great singing and choreography,
and would be a shame to miss.”
Schilling, director of the production, said auditions were started
in early October in the hopes of getting a jump-start on
discovering really talented people who know “Monty Python” and
“Spamalot” and who were excited about the opportunity of
performing in this production.
through several rounds of auditions, including vocal auditions
with Catherine Pfeiler and dance auditions with our choreographer,
Tammy Jung, over the course of the next few months and found a
really great combination of talented actors who come from all
different backgrounds and many of whom we had never worked with
before,” she said.
Weir, in particular, had already been hard at work memorizing his
lines, and he attempted most of his first dialogue from memory.
this set the bar for the other primary characters in the show to
get to work,” she said. “Paul (Weir) gets it. He does his
research, studies what others have done, and works hard to nail
it. If I ask something of him, he will try different approaches
until he gets it right. He is also very vocally pleasing. He
speaks and sings beautifully, clearly and loudly - very desirable
characteristics in live theater.”
lives and works in Oak Creek and commutes to the theater for
rehearsals every night, said he did his first show 50 years ago
when he performed “Peter and the Golden Goose” in his third-
grade school play.
I did a number of shows in high school, then took 35-years off for
college, marriage and family,” he said. “I reconnected with a
close high school friend from those days, back in 2007. She pushed
and prodded me until I auditioned for a show at Sunset Playhouse
in 2008. I’ve done 30 some shows since then in Milwaukee.”
because the group is not professional actors - singers and dancers
- a good majority of them have been working in live theater for
many years and often have more experience than most actors you
might see in Milwaukee.
“We also try
to encourage people to get involved as actors, volunteers, helping
with sewing, building sets or just handing out programs at the
performances,” she said.
Weir said in
the show biographies he always gives his love and thanks to his
wife, Terry, for supporting him.
I’ve done seven to eight shows a season,” he said. “That’s
a lot of nights away from home, rehearsing or performing, and our
nest is empty now, which leaves her alone a lot. Even though
I’ve cut back to three shows a year, she still gives up a lot
At a glance
through Sunday, March 14 through March 16, March 21through March
23, March 28 through March 30
Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland
www.lakecountryplayhouse.net for show times and tickets