By: JACK CORDELL
Senior TJ Sullinger currently on a quest for the Holy Grail alongside the Knights of the Round Table onstage as the lead role in the CHS musical production “Spamalot.”
An active member of the visual and performing arts department, Sullinger landed the role of Arthur, King of the Britons, in the fall comedic musical.
“I very much [looked] forward to the role,” Sullinger says. “I’m having an incredible amount of fun with the part.”
Sullinger describes the role of King Arthur as drastically different to his own personality.
“He’s arrogant and entitled, but in a lovable way,” Sullinger says.
“Spamalot” is Sullinger’s 12th show in the CHS drama department. He has participated in almost all productions in his time at CHS. Sullinger is also the new president of the CHS Choir class, representing his fellow singers in the CHS Music Student Council.
“It’s been a challenge so far, but in a rewarding way,” Sullinger notes. “It feels good to do my part for the music department and for the students within it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not difficult.”
Choir instructor Thomas Lehmkuhl remarks that Sullinger has stepped into his new role as president and performed his duties with grace.
“He has just jumped right into that role,”Lehmkuhl says. “In terms of taking a leadership role when I need to delegate things or when I have stuff I need help with, whether it is just announcements or collecting stuff, or coordinating events…he also does a great job of keeping those around him on task during rehearsals.”
Lehmkuhl has known and taught Sullinger for five years, and in that time has come to know him as a “gentleman.”
“[Sullinger] is a scholar and a gentleman.” Lehmkuhl notes. “He’s super hard working, he’s curious, he asks questions, but he is always unfailingly polite. He has a great sense of humor, and he’s a super pleasant kid. He’s got a big heart, and he’s just great to work with.”
TJ Sullinger can be seen as King Arthur in the last showings of “Spamalot” in the CHS performing arts center 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7. Admission costs are $5 for students with ASB stamps, $10 for students without ASB stamps and $15 for adults.