|Musical comedy ‘Spamalot’ begins at SRJC on April 21
The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Theatre Arts Department will present Monty Python’s musical comedy “Spamalot,” adapted from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
The musical premiered in the 2005 season at Broadway's Shubert Theatre in New York, where it received 14 Tony Award nominations and won three Tonys, including Best Musical.
“Spamalot” parodies the legend of King Arthur through a complicated and thoroughly silly quest of finding the Holy Grail. The play features gags involving knights, the Lady of the Lake, flying cows, killer rabbits, fish slapping, monks and French people. Eric Idle, a veteran of the original BBC Monty Python troupe, wrote the book and lyrics, with music by composer John Du Prez. This production is directed by Reed Martin, an SRJC Theater Arts instructor who serves as managing partner of the well-known and irreverent Reduced Shakespeare Company.
Director Martin says, “I had the privilege of seeing the original Broadway production of “Spamalot” in New York featuring Tim Curry and David Hyde Pierce. It was quite simply the funniest musical I had ever seen. I first saw Monty Python on TV when I was a teenager and immediately loved their smart, absurd style. In fact, they inspired me to pursue a career as a comedian and have heavily influenced my work with the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Bridget Codoni, of Rohnert Park, is a member of the women’s ensemble and serves as the dance captain for the “Spamalot” production. Codoni, like many other ensemble members, performs dances as various characters, such as a cheerleader and one of the Knights Who Say Ni.
The musical will be performed in SRJC’s Burbank Auditorium, located on 1501 Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa and will debut on April 25 at 8 p.m.
Evening performances at 8 p.m. in the Burbank Auditorium are on April 26, 30, and May 1, 2 and 3. Afternoon performances at 2 p.m. will be on April 26, 27, and May 3. The last performance will be on May 4 at 3 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased by calling (707) 527-4343 or through the online box office at www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts/tickets.
The play is recommended for ages 10 and above.