Two locals featured in ‘Camelot’ show at the StranahanWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
At each stop of the touring Broadway production “Camelot,” local youth are cast as Tom of Warwick. Adam Grabau, who plays King Arthur, said they play a pivotal role and provide the message of the play.
“It’s essentially a crucial role to the story,” he said. “It’s central to the theme and the moral of the story, which is this whole idea of hope.”
Jeremy Gobrogge from Findlay and Cole Carrico from Adrian will join the touring cast when the show stops at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo.
Both come from theater backgrounds: Gobrogge has played Mowgli in “The Jungle Book” and Carrico has performed at his hometown theater, Croswell Opera House, according to a news release.
“We are thrilled to give some very talented boys from the Toledo area the opportunity to act on the stage alongside the professional actors,” Theater League President Mark Edelman said in the release. “There is no better way to encourage future generations to participate in our great industry than to provide them a way to actually be a part of the show.”
Grabau said it’s inspiring to work with the youth of each city.
“It’s a real blessing as an actor to have that in the show,” he said. “When you’re doing a show over the course of a nine-month run in different cities … it’s hard to keep a performance fresh when you’re doing it night after night. … It’s actually a real blessing that there are elements in the show that mix it up a little bit.”
Grabau spends time with the locals off stage as well.
“I love interacting when young people who are just getting their first taste of the stage,” he said.
Grabau played Sir Lancelot in the touring production of “Spamalot,” a parody of his current project. He said there are not many similarities between the two shows.
“It was a little tricky getting through the rehearsal process having to do the serious, legit version after we just spent three years spoofing and making fun of it,” he said.
“Camelot” follows King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot in the well-known love triangle.
Grabau was introduced to “Camelot” when he was young, but said he didn’t enjoy it much.
“It’s not exactly the kind of thing that’s going to keep an 8-year-old engaged,” he said.
The performances include 8 p.m. Oct. 24, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 25 and 2 and 7 p.m. on Oct. 26. Gobrogge will be included in the Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances, while Carrico will appear in the Friday evening, Saturday matinee and Sunday evening performances.