Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the award-winning Broadway musical Spamalot will open next on the Asheville Community Theatre Mainstage. With book and lyrics by Monty Python member Eric Idle and an entirely new score created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot is the highly irreverent retelling of the Arthurian legend. Among its other accolades, it was the winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical. Spamalot runs from June 6-29, 2014 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Directed by Jeff Catanese, the show will be held on Asheville Community Theatre’s Mainstage. Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $22.00 for seniors (65+) and students, and $15.00 for children 17 and under. Tickets can be purchased online on the ACT website, by phone, or in person at the ACT box office located at 35 East Walnut Street in downtown Asheville.
Spamalot follows King Arthur (Rock Eblen) and his trusty servant Patsy (Pat LaCorte) as they recruit an army of knights to assist in the quest to find the Holy Grail. Between killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, flying cows, and a Lady of the Lake (Nana Hosmer) who laments being left out of the actual quest, the Knights of the Round Table do routines and chorus scenes in this big, silly musical.
“Even the preparations for Spamalot are fun,” said Susan Harper, Managing Director of Asheville Community Theatre. “Our scenic designer, Jill Summers, already had a lot on her plate between designing and building hand trees, a cow cradle drop, and an exploding rabbit mound, but she’s also going to be building and rigging God. That’s hard!”
ACT’s production of Spamalot features a large cast of new and veteran ACT performers including newcomers Corey Link as Robin, Strother Stingly as Sir Galahad, and Skyler Goff as Sir Lancelot.
Bradshaw Call appears as the Historian, as well as a fistful of other roles. Spamalot is directed by Jeff Catanese (RENT, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) with musical direction by Daniel Hensley and choreography by Chanda Calentine.
For more information about Spamalot or the rest of ACT’s Mainstage season, please visit
www.ashevilletheatre.org or call 828-254-1320.