Monty Python’s Spamalot

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
Music & lyrics by Eric Idle and John DuPrez
Directed by Jove Graham, Music Direction by Diane Scott
Greenspace Center, 815 Market St, Lewisburg
$15 Adults / $8 Students

FIVE PERFORMANCES OVER TWO WEEKENDS!
Friday, June 17, 2022, 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 18, 2022, 7:30 pm
Friday, June 24, 2022, 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 25, 2022, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 26, 2022, 2:30 pm

RiverStage Community Theatre will transport audiences back to merry olde England and the surreal comedy world of Monty Python with its final show of the season, the musical comedy extravanganza Monty Python’s Spamalot!  Performances will be at Greenspace Center, 815 Market Street in Lewisburg on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm on June 17, 18, 24 and 25, and a 2:30pm matinee on Sunday, June 26.  Tickets are $15 for adults or $8 for students or children, with general admission seating, and they can be purchased at the door or at www.riverstagetheatre.org.  Depending on COVID-19 precautions at the time, seating may be limited and audience masking may be required.

Monty Python’s Spamalot, with music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, follows the adventures of King Arthur and his knights, in a show that spoofs other musical comedies and advertises itself as “lovingly ripped off” from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  The story follows King Arthur, his loyal servant Patsy, and his band of knights as they search 12th century England for the Holy Grail and are helped along the way by the beautiful and mysterious Lady of the Lake.  Filled with over-the-top musical numbers, singing and dancing knights, flying cows and killer bunny rabbits, the show is an outrageous celebration of musical theatre combined with the absurd humor of the UK’s legendary Monty Python comedy troupe.  The show does contain some mild language and ‘rude British humor’ but is otherwise appropriately funny for all ages.

This production is directed by Jove Graham, president of RiverStage, with music direction by Diane Scott.  “This is our third attempt at doing this show, after two COVID cancellations, and so the third time is the charm!” said Graham. “I have been a huge fan of Monty Python for over 30 years, and so the opportunity to stage this musical with such an extraordinary local cast is an absolute dream come true.  It has something for everyone, whether you love Monty Python or you are just looking for a musical comedy with great songs and jokes.  It is such a thrill to be back on the stage doing live musicals again, and we know you will not want to miss this one!”

The show features a live orchestra with 12 musicians and a huge cast of 27 actors of all ages, and from all across the Susquehanna Valley including Danville, Milton, Sunbury, Selinsgrove, Lewisburg and more.  King Arthur, his servant Patsy, and the Lady of the Lake are played by Tyler Marvin, Donnie Mapes and Desirae Moore, respectively, and they are accompanied closely on their adventures by Sir Lancelot (Nick Buckman), Sir Robin (Josh Wilkinson), Sir Galahad (Tim Hippensteel) and Sir Bedevere (Teddy Casimir).  Along the way, they encounter a cast of colorful characters played by the fantastic ensemble cast:  Claire Brassard (Sir Fred), Michael Conard (Prince Herbert), Susan Diffenderfer (Mrs. Galahad), Trevor Evans (Herbert’s Father), Clara Graham, Caitlin Meleski and Jude Wilkinson (The Knights Who Say Ni), Anne Griffin (Guard), Fred Hooper (Brother Maynard), Emma Libby (The Rabbit), Carol Ann Lopatofsky (Guard), Michael McJunkin (Minstrel), Justin Moore (Sir Not Appearing), Elaine Pfeil (Dancer), Storm Pryor (Laker Girl), Andrew Shaffer (Enchanter Tim), Aditi Shruti (Minstrel), Ian Sterner (Concorde), and Steve Stumbris (The Black Knight).  The production is designed by Graham and Dennis Merkle, with choreography by Amy Casimir, lights by Patrick Maynard, sound by Stefan Eisenhower, and stage management by Ashli Starks and Amy Casimir.

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