My wife Gabby just finished 12 weeks of chemo therapy following surgery for breast cancer (she is doing well) and we decided to celebrate by going to Acadia National Park up on the rocky coast of Maine.
As we set out from NYC in our white Nissan rental, we set an intention for the trip.
We asked for a “fun, safe, adventurous trip with positive co-incidences, that benefits the people who bring it to us at least as much as it benefits us.”
We took a moment to imagine what it feels like to have such a trip. Then we went on our merry way.
Champagne in New Hampshire
The massive tax-free New Hampshire state liquor store beckoned us as we crossed the border from Massachusetts. Gabby loves champagne, is dying for it and has not had it in more than a year. So we get some and some other bargains too.
Welcome to Spamalot
Loaded with the sparkling goodness we continue on to the seaside town of Ogunquit, Maine for dinner and a show.
Before we left I searched and found this was the final weekend at the Ogunquit Playhouse for Monty Python’s musical comedy Spamalot starring Charles Shaughnessy, best known as the British guy from the TV show The Nanny.
My wife loves The Nanny and she loves the British Guy, but we balk at the $65 per ticket price and decide if there are tickets still left when we get there, to buy them then.
At the box office I buy one of the last seats in the last row and only after we settle in does it occur to me that my friend, actor Christopher Sutton, was in the national tour of Spamalot a few years ago. Do you think he’s in it tonight?
Backstage at Spamalot
I introduce myself to the house manager who sends me to the producer who says, ‘I’ll bring you backstage after the show.”
The show is hilarious. Based on the Monty Python movie, it’s a spoof of the King Arthur legends. Great music, all the performers are top notch, friend Chris is funny, Charles has great charisma as King Arthur. Wife is pleased.
We meet Chris backstage, big hugs all around. We chat a bit and then Christoper says, “hey, the theater is throwing us a cast party tonight, why don’t you guys join us.”
In the tent just outside the theater Chris introduces us to the cast. Gabby gets all their autographs on her playbill and one of the friendly cast brings Gabby over to meet Charlie; Charles Shaughnessy.
He greets her warmly. She gushes.
Charlie (I’ll call him that) is very friendly and gracious and he takes a picture with Gabby.
The party continues to the late hours. We eat and drink and, oh yeah; they serve champagne.
Many thanks to the great folks at the Ogunquit Playhouse, my friend Chris, the entire cast of Spamalot and of course, Charles Shaughnessy.