Cult Classic Comedy
The Broadway musical theater adaptation of “Monty Python And The Holy Grail” is on its way to Jamestown.
Adam Owens, a Jamestown native who made his directorial debut at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre with last year’s production of Don Gordon’s “Panache,” has another show to share with area residents. With a cast of nearly 20, a live orchestra, set and props designed by Norm Merrill, the satirical take on the legend of King Arthur and knights of the round table will come to life on the stage of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre as “Spamalot.”
The opening weekend debut of “Spamalot” is set for Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. The show will continue Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m.
According to Owens, it’s very exciting to have the opportunity to direct something that was written within the past 10 years. He hopes the show will generate interest from a new audience who may not regularly attend the theater.
“Doing some contemporary things in the theater is really exciting,” Owens said. “With this show you have no choice to appeal to the Monty Python cult demographic who grew up with it. But, anybody who comes to this show will find that they have no choice but to laugh.”
In addition to generating interest in the theater from a different audience, the show has also grabbed the attention of a different type of cast.
According to Owens, more men than women auditioned, which is by no means the norm.
“I have a bunch of men who grew up with Monty Python, and when they heard that this was coming here they were drooling like a dog to be able to be in it,” Owens said. “Getting more people to not only see the shows, but involved in the show is what’s going to keep the theater going for hopefully another 76 years.”
“Spamalot” is a spoof on Arthurian legend of the search for the Holy Grail. So, even those who haven’t yet seen the film, or the Broadway show, will find something to like about the piece, Owens said.
“It really has a good message, even though the whole thing is silly slapstick comedy that you might think has no point,” Owens said. “At the end it all wraps up nicely with this tale of going after whatever it is you seek in life – the mug is a metaphor.”
Because the show is Owens’ interpretation of the musical which debuted on Broadway in 2005, he is required to perform it as was written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.
“They’ll say the same lines and sing the same songs, but we’ve designed our costumes within our own look and budget,” Owens said.
Choreography for the production was spearheaded by Becca Young, high school senior and Junior Guilder who works with Tiffany Wakeley. Her involvement began after Young approached Owens during a fundraiser for the show to offer her services.
“She’s coming up with her own fresh, original ideas,” Owens said. “So, a lot of stuff going onto this stage are things that this theater has never seen before.”
The first act of the show will run for approximately an hour, followed by a brief intermission, and a second act of about 45 minutes.
“It’s all about coming to have a good time, fun, laughing and doing something that you wouldn’t normally be doing on a Friday or Saturday night,” Owens said. “If you don’t laugh during this show then we’ll come take your pulse because you’re probably not breathing. If you are, we’ll send you on a quest for your own sense of humor.”
Admission to “Spamalot” is $20, but those who purchase a new membership for the upcoming season will be admitted for free. Lucille Ball Little Theater, 18 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 483-1095 or visit www.lucilleballlittletheatre.org.