Theatre Macon director Jim Crisp chose Monty Pythons Spamalot for this summers musical production with the confidence of a true fan.
We are the first local theater in our area to produce Spamalot. Ive had my eye on it for a while. I saw the original production in New York when it was first done and loved it so much that I saw it again when I went back to New York, and then saw it in Atlanta, Crisp said. It is an incredibly fun, entertaining and happy show. It was the perfect choice for this summer.
For those not familiar with Spamalot, which opens Friday at Theatre Macon, it is a musical version of the 1974 movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, created by the British comedy group Monty Python and based on Arthurian legend.
It is a great, fun, witty piece in its own right, but all the best characters -- the French Taunters, the Knights of Ni, Tim the Enchanter -- are all in it. There is a lot of singing and dancing. We have a tremendously talented ensemble of young singer/dancers, Crisp said.
While this is not the largest cast that Crisp has worked with, he thinks this may be one of the largest productions the theater has done.
It is an enormous show and a huge undertaking. It isnt the size of the cast, but it is the number of costumes, the requirements of the scenery, the amount of armor, there are projections involved, and then there is an enormous amount of choreography, he said.
The producing team is rounded out by some of our very best people. Jim Penndorf is our music director. Richard Frazier is our choreographer. Of course, Shelley Kuhen is doing our costumes and she is spectacular as always. Zack Broome is creating and building all of our armor. You can see just how big this show actually is.
As far as the cast goes, Crisp said he could not be more pleased.
Our cast is superb, exceptional, off the charts good. It is being led by Brian Barnette, who is playing King Arthur. The Lady of the Lake is J.J. Hobbs, who did her first show in Middle Georgia with us when we did Nunsense three years ago. ... Tim Hinojosa plays Galahad. Bryson Holloway plays Sir Robin. Jared Carson plays Lancelot. Bob Meloche plays Bedevere. Those are our main knights. Ben Stroman plays Patsy, King Arthurs squire. There is a marvelous supporting cast as well working to fill out the cast.
Crisp said he thinks the intimacy of the theater itself will add to the productions value.
Even people who have seen this show before will get a much closer look and feel like much more a part of it. It fits beautifully on our stage, he said. All of the Monty Python lovers and anyone who loves the Arthur legend will love this show. People who dont know it or havent seen it are in for a treat. It is a perfect piece of entertainment for the summer.
When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 12-13 and 19-20; 2:30 p.m. Sunday and July 14; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and July 18
Where: Theatre Macon, 438 Cherry St.
Cost: $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students