August 6, 2013
POMEROY, Ohio — A sidesplitting quest to find the Holy Grail is set for this weekend at Meigs High School.
River City Players (RCP) will present the Tony Award-winning musical “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10, in the Meigs High School gymnasium, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Fabric Shop in Pomeroy, with reserved seating available. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Credited as being “lovingly” ripped off from the classic 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the musical was created by Monty Python member Eric Idle, and John Du Prez. The title is taken from one particular lyric in the film, when the knights sing, “We eat ham, and jam and Spam a lot.”
Sponsored by Farmers Bank, RCP’s production of the farcical tale features Brian Howard as King Arthur and Roger Gilmore as his “horse” Patsy gathering knights for their Round Table. After rounding up Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, and Sir Bedevere, portrayed by Brady Bissell, Nick Ingels, Dan Stewart, and Chris Van Reeth, respectively, the knights find themselves in Camelot and are given a quest by God, to find the Holy Grail.
“The show is hilarious, and you’ll still be laughing after you’ve walked out the door,” said Director Nathan Jeffers. “Whether you can quote the original film from heart or you’re new to Monty Python, you’ll love this show.”
The musical features many of the classic characters from the original film including the Knights Who Say Ni with their desire for a shrubbery, the unwavering Black Knight, who continues to fight throughout his loss of limbs, the effeminate Prince Herbert, who just wants to sing and be rescued, as well as his father, who can’t seem to get through to his guards about keeping his son from leaving his bedroom, and of course the taunting French guard with an outrageous accent and the giant wooden rabbit, who made it’s debut in Middleport’s Fourth of July parade.
The theatrical production also brings a few new characters to the limelight including the diva and show-stopping Lady of the Lake, portrayed by Janis Carnahan, who presented Arthur his sword, Excalibur, and who made him King of the Britons, as well as several cliché French people, some confused dancers from Finland, and the Lady of the Lake’s back up dancers, also known as her Laker Girls.
Others also featured in the cast and crew of Spamalot include Casi Arnold, Diana Bissell, Tony Carnahan, Shana Gorslene, Veronica Grimm, Wade Harrison, Jessica Holliday, Claire Howard, Julie Howard, Des Jeffers, Mike Kennedy, Morgan Kennedy, Sam McCall, Tom Reed, Dixie Sayre, Mary Ann Schoults, Marilyn Spencer, Renee Stewart, Gary Walker, Linda Warner, Lynn Werner, Becky Zurcher, Robbie Dillon, Chad Dodson, Darby Gilmore, Taylor Jones, John Lohse, Celia McCoy, Linda Myers, Amy Perrin, Amber Sturgeon, and Terri Sturgeon.
“This is definitely the biggest show RCP has undertaken for several years now,” Jeffers added. “We’ve really had to come together to pull out all the stops, and you’ll see our hard work and dedication to bringing quality theatrical productions to Meigs County on the stage.”
It should be noted that Spamalot pays homage to the original film and traditional Monty Python content, including some adult language and humor. RCP recommends audience members be at least 13 years or older.
For more information on Spamalot and RCP, visit www.rivercityplayers.org.