This year the Geneva Theatre Guild’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot will make you laugh until your sides hurt. The show will be produced at the Smith Opera House July 11-14.
Lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical, directed by Steve Duprey, retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a group of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Musical Direction is carried out by Meredith Beckley and Deb Hodgeman, orchestra conductor is Chris Sauter Milligan, and choreography is by Lauren Cook.
Eric Idle wrote the musical’s book and lyrics and collaborated with John Du Prez on the music, except for “Finland”, which was written by Michael Palin for Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album; “Knights of the Round Table” and “Brave Sir Robin”, which were composed by Neil Innes for Monty Python and the Holy Grail; and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”, which was originally written by Idle for the film Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
The cast is comprised of a group of talented thespians from throughout the Finger Lakes, Rochester and the United Kingdom including: Kyle Knapton (King Arthur), Jennifer Walczak (Lady of the Lake), Larry Ann Evans (Patsy), Brandon Wyand (Lancelot), Keifer Schenk (Robin) and Timothy Caughlin (Galahad), Adam Urbanic (Sir Bedevere) and Eric Idle (God). The show is rounded off by a multitalented ensemble who play a variety of roles: Pete Saracino, Alexander Calvo, Melvin Madera, Lara Schmidtgall, Eric Idle, Loren Schmidtgall, Anna Schmandt, Kayleena McGowan, Kristina Metz, Doralea Kettle, Ashley Hendrickson, Gemini Zajac, Brayton Slusser, Ian Fisher, Julia McCormack and Jodie Lasky.
New this year is a dinner and show package with Bella’s on Seneca Street in Geneva. The package costs $35 and includes dinner and the ticket to see the show (dinner Patrons should arrive at Bella’s between 5:00pm and 6:00pm). Monty Python’s Spamalot will be shown July 11th and 12th at 8:00pm, July 13th at 8:30pm (directly following the Geneva Fireman’s Parade) and July 14th at 2:00pm at the Smith Opera House on Seneca Street in Geneva.
Tickets are available online at genevatheatreguild.org, or at these presale locations: in Geneva at Pedulla’s Wine and Liquor Store (375 Hamilton Street), and Earthly Possessions (70 Seneca Street), in Canandaigua at Mobile Music (163 South Main Street) and in Seneca Falls at The Copy Shop (105 Fall St.)