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Chris Hagberg, a Dorchester native, will soon take to the stage as King Arthur in The Company Theatre’s rendition of Monthy Python’s Spamlot, set to open in late-July.
But before the Adams Corner resident found his spot in the limelight, he was just another youth taking part in recitals and small productions at the St. Gregory’s Grammar School in Dorchester.
Hagberg said he remembers performing in the “That’s Entertainment” shows at the school when he was just 11 years old and, although some things have changed, others haven’t.
“You never forget any show,” said Hagberg. “I still get as nervous now as I did back then.”
The 45-year-old, who pays the bills through his position as an executive assistant to the president of Carney Hospital, is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and spent a number of years in the city acting and singing. After returning to Dorchester in 2000, he got involved with a number of groups in the area including the Speakeasy Stage Company and Boston Theater Works.
It was, however, his time at St. Gregory’s and later at the Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree that got him into performing.
“You are never done learning as an actor,” said Hagberg. “Every step along the way is a piece in your own puzzle.”
“There’s a little piece of every show you’ve ever been in and certainly Dorchester and Boston is a piece of that,” he added.
From Shakespeare to musicals, Hagberg said he enjoys all types of theatrical productions and is especially excited for his role in the musical comedy.
“I love doing Shakespeare, but I also love doing comedic theater,” said Hagberg. “I love singing so if I can make that work in a show as well, it’s a lot of fun.”
Hagberg and his fellow cast members have been rehearsing for over a month, meeting during the evening to go over lines.
“It [Spamalot] is truly an ensemble piece,” explained Hagberg. “It’s something people aren’t used to seeing. It is probably one of the only musical theater pieces that appeals to such a broad audience.”
The production, based off of the famed Monty Python film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” is set to open July 26 at the The Company Theatre in Norwell.
Tickets and more information about the play can be found by visiting http://www.companytheatre.com/