Crestview actor cast as Arthur, King of the Britons, in 'Spamalot'

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 02:35 PM.

Trolian, a Crestview resident who played Scrooge in View From the Stage's "A Christmas Carol," joins a cast of 21 regional thespians for the musical "lovingly ripped off from the motion picture 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail," as the subtitle states. 

To accede the throne, Arthur explains, "the Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur."

But strange women lying in ponds distributing swords don't also distribute plum musical comedy parts. For that, Trolian had to audition.

The role he wanted

"I definitely wanted the part of King Arthur," he said. "I don't think there was any other role I was suited for. There's a lot of dancing in the show and I'm not a particularly good dancer.

"I'm probably the only role in the show that doesn't have to dance a lot."

While Trolian said he has seen the classic 1975 Monty Python film, it wasn't until he heard Northwest Florida State would produce Eric Idle’s stage adaptation that he viewed "Spamalot" performance videos on YouTube.

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