Artist profile: Nicole Winkler sheds light on ‘Monty Python’

Nicole Winkler plays the French Knight in Bellingham Theatre Guild’s production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”
Nicole Winkler plays the French Knight in Bellingham Theatre Guild’s production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Nicole Winkler plays the French Knight in Bellingham Theatre Guild’s production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” which plays Friday, Sept. 25, through Oct. 11 at the guild playhouse, 1600 H St.

The musical is adapted from the original screenplay and film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. It contains adult language and themes. Earl Reid directs.

Fans of Monty Python may be tempted to recite the script, a la “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” at the show. But don’t. You might miss the next line.

Here’s more about Winkler, who is from Canada and attended college in Alberta and British Columbia. She came to Bellingham three years ago to be closer to her family in Birch Bay.

Question: When did you become interested in acting?

Answer: I have been interested in acting all my life. I first played a giraffe in second grade. I have worked with the BTG for two years now and have worked with Bellingham’s “Nearly Stellar Entertainment” with Earl Reid, as well as at Western Washington University.

Q: Why do you like acting?

A: I’ve enjoyed all roles throughout my professional and community theater career as it gives me a chance to discover new things about myself and to enjoy drawing the audience into a new experience, and for them to forget about the outside world for a few hours. I’ve lived and traveled all around the world, so I gather experiences from that to create characters. Loving “Monty Python” doesn’t hurt, either!

Q: What is the rehearsal process like?

A: We rehearse five days a week and Earl Reid is one of the most professional, passionate directors I’ve had the experience to work with. He knows what he wants and is able to bring the best out of people. Throughout my travels and living in London, I’ve had the opportunity to learn dialects and different languages.

Q: Do you and the other actors know and appreciate the humor of the play?

A: I adore “Monty Python” and so does everyone in this extremely talented cast. The cast and crew are what makes this show remarkable. I think the show is for any “Monty Python” fan, and regardless if you aren’t aware of Monty Python, people should attend because it is absolutely hilarious and probably one of the funniest shows I’ve been in.

Q: What do you enjoy about living in Whatcom County?

A: The people I have met in the theater community here in Whatcom County are by far the reason I enjoy living in this beautiful city. Theater, through and through, is my life and when I’m not in a show, I’m, hopefully, preparing for the next adventure to begin.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com. Read her columns at bellinghamherald.com/behind-the-scenes.

“Monty Python’s Spamalot”

When: Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and continues Thursdays though Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 11

Where: Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St.

Cost: $14 adults, $12 seniors and students, available at Online ticketing and by calling 360-733-1811 from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Details: bellinghamtheatreguild.com

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