Monty Python’s SPAMALOT Opens for Pay-What-You-Can This Friday

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on September 13, 2013

It’s a whole different kettle of fish, this Spamalot crowd. They think Rodgers and Hammerstein are passé, but they know for sure The Rocky Horror Show, at 40, is not. They might not even know who Rodgers and Hammerstein are — and possibly their parents don’t either. Not everyone collected cast albums in their youth.

This audience knows Monty Python on several levels, all of them very politically incorrect. They know Monty Python from PBS or from the films or by having seen Spamalot, which played TPAC — and TPAC brought it back twice. Twice means a lot. It means a lot to the box office, and it means a lot of people knew it so well that they were ready to laugh, if not laughing in advance by knowing what was coming up next.

Spamalot is not your grandparents’ musical, for it pokes fun at everything. Nothing is too high and mighty not to be hit low and often below the belt with the proverbial slings and arrows. But Spamalot is beyond fun. It is witty and clever, and nothing is beyond its comical reach.

Set pieces for Spamalot began being built in July by Kyra Bishop and our summer interns — Summer Aoki, Gavin Berlyak, Jesse Boyle, Kourtni Cottrell, Grace Davis, Darci Gautam, Samantha Grimes, Emma Justice, Ashley Knowles, Katherine McCarty, Sidney McCarty, Lauren Mund, Madeline O’Connor and Amy Wyer.

We have on loan from the London production over 100 costumes, over 100 wigs, and well over 100 props, one of which is a cow. The show requires over 20 people on stage and off to run each performance, and it is a guarantee that one knight will lose his head at every performance.

Tonight is pay-what-you-can, so all tickets not pre-sold at the regular ticket price will go on sale at 7:30pm for whatever price you wish to pay. Tomorrow evening is our 31st Anniversary Gala, featuring a gourmet meal by The Bound’ry, silent and live art auctions, and “A Slice of Spam” — Spamalot, that is.

Tomorrow is also downtown Clarksville’s eighth annual celebration of the arts, Frolic on Franklin. Running from 9:00am until 3:30pm, this free festival will feature work by over 25 local and regional artists, including 2 Old Biddies (Linda Farmer), The Cut Above Woodworking (Joe Adams), A Stitch Or Two (Bettina Nuckolls), Carolyn Rogers, Clarksville Friends Of Photography, Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, David Magers, Downtown Artists Co-Op, Frank Lott, The Fruit Of Her Hands (Brandi Hamm), LNM Creations (Louis And Mary Toth), Mia’s Creations (Mia Schwartz), Pocket Charm Purses & Bags (Winnie Slate), Thornton Pottery (Ronnie Thornton), Tuckessee Woodturners (Charles Putnam), Twisted Creations (J.T. Young), Twisted Sister Designs (Michele Grogam), Two Branches (Mary Gail Russ and Erin Johnson) and Wooden Things (Robert M. Harris). In addition, Frolic will feature arts demonstrations, a bake sale, and entertainment courtesy of Whiskey Angel, the Cumberland Winds Jazz Project, Red River Breeze, Kenwood High School’s Hi-Steppers, Northeast High School’s Exit One Show Choir.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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