'Spamalot' gets its kick from Broadway choreographer at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

abredeson@islandpacket.comApril 25, 2013 

  • IF YOU GO

    The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina will present "Monty Python's Spamalot" from May 1-26. Show times will be at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. May 26. Tickets are $56 for adults and $39 for ages 4-15. Preview prices May 1-2 are $46 for adults and $33 for children. Groups of 10 or more may get reduced ticket prices, as well as two free tickets. Details: 843-842-2787, www.artshhi.com

Nic Thompson has been performing most of his life. His first role was as Charlie Brown in the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" in the sixth grade.

But Thompson's true love has always been dancing. Inspired by his mother, who was a dancer and a gymnast, he began dancing as a young boy in a suburb of Detroit.

Thompson went on to dance with some of the greatest. He has performed with The Rockettes in the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular." He has danced in concerts with Gladys Knight, Deborah Gibson and Billy Porter. He toured the world with "The Who's Tommy." And he just finished "Mary Poppins" on Broadway.

Now Thompson is sharing his talents with the Lowcountry. He is choreographing "Monty Python's Spamalot" at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island.

The musical is a spoof of the classic comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," and tells the tale of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table.

"I like 'Spamalot' because ... it has quite a cult following from the movie 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,'" Thompson said. "I like the fact that most of the numbers are very over the top. That's been the most fun thing, in terms of choreographing."

Thompson said he has performed in about 12 shows at the local arts center and has assisted -- either as choreographer or associate director -- with about five shows at the center.

The Manhattan resident is on the dance faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He moved to New York after high school, studied musical theater at the academy and has worked professionally in theater ever since.

In addition to choreographing the upcoming show, Thompson styled, colored and cut all the wigs -- something he does on the side when he doesn't have a show going on.

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