Culver-Stockton College will have four performances of the zany Monty Python musical comedy “Spamalot” this month at the Alexander Campbell Auditorium in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center.
CANTON, Mo. — Culver-Stockton College will have four performances of the zany Monty Python musical comedy “Spamalot” this month at the Alexander Campbell Auditorium in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center.
Spamalot is adapted from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” This spoof of King Arthur’s Camelot — where the weather and everything else behaved absolutely according to benign rules — features naïve Knights of the Round Table placed in ludicrous situations where the stiff upper lip is less believable than the dropped lower jaw.
King Arthur’s legendary quest for the Grail includes facing the taunts of sarcastic French knights and the fangs of a fierce attack rabbit. The hilarious blend of Monty Python silliness with Las Vegas Lady of the Lake lusciousness, complete with iconic coconut shell horse hoof travel music, reminds us that we each must follow our own dreams, even if we need to chase them off a beaten path.
Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, as well as a 3 p.m. matinee on Sept. 29. A performance for only local high school students is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sept. 27.
Playing the role of King Arthur is Daniel Welch of Canton, Mo. Other major characters are:
- Patsy, played by Alex Siron of Paris, Mo.;
- Sir Robin, played by Kar’Mel Brewer of St. Louis;
- Sir Lancelot, played by Remington Jarvis of Canton, Mo.;
- Sir Galahad, played by Matthew Scheuermann of Quincy, Ill.;
- Sir Bedevere, played by Cody McClain of Hamilton, Ill.;
- The Lady of the Lake, played by Talia Schneider of Altamont, Kan.
The rest of the ensemble consists of:
- Kenna Armstrong of Oquawka, Ill.;
- Ahmed Barrow of St. Louis;
- Krista Barth of Bloomington, Ill.;
- Vanessa Bolen of Beardstown, Ill.;
- Ethan Cockrell of Sikeston;
- Kaity Conaway of Steelville;
- Emma Hackett of Buffalo, Mo.;
- Brianna Holder of Moberly;
- Quinn Hulsey of Sullivan;
- Kirsten Lippold of Carlinville, Ill.;
- Bailey McNamar of Quincy, Ill.;
- Denise Moreira of Merriam, Kan.
- Logan Noble of Yuba City, Calif.;
- Carly Poteet of Irving, Texas.
Courtney Deeds of Fair Grove is the stage manager. Jace Murphy of Austin, Texas, and Sam Scott of Metropolis, Ill., are the assistant stage managers. Barth is the choreographer.
The musical is directed by David Lane, lecturer in speech/theater education, with production design by Seth Campbell, assistant professor of theater. The pit orchestra, directed by assistant professor of music Scott Allison, adds charm to the delightful silliness of the songs.
Contact the Performing Arts Center office at 573-288-6346 for more information or to reserve tickets. “Spamalot” is produced by Culver-Stockton’s Division of Fine, Applied and Literary Arts and constitutes part of the college’s academic and cultural events programming.
Contact Alyssa Hummel, Director of Communications and Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-288-6000 ext. 6450 for more information.
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