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Spamalot? Yes or no?

  • 1.  Spamalot? Yes or no?

    Posted 11-28-2018 16:44
    Who has produced this and what are the pros and cons? I know it's guy heavy (not necessarily a problem for me this year). Any major tech challenges? Music or dance concerns? Community responses? Do kids still know Monty Python? 

    John D. Monteverde
    PHS - Drama Teacher

  • 2.  RE: Spamalot? Yes or no?

    Posted 11-29-2018 08:09
    We did SPAMALOT this past spring. The audience loved it. Of course there were some that walked out thinking, "What was that?" because they were not familiar with Monty Python humor. Not too many challenges for us. It can be tricky with some of the changes, especially from a castle scene to forest in second act. Kids had a blast. We had a lot of guys in the show as well and we added guys and girls to various scenes. I have some pics I can send if interested. I also have costume/props available for rent if interested (ie. spam can, yellow umbrellas, fish for schlapping, tabards for knights, chainmale head pieces, boot covers, long black belts, etc.)

    James Fry
    Director of Student Life and the Malvern Theatre Society
    Malvern, PA

  • 3.  RE: Spamalot? Yes or no?

    Posted 11-29-2018 09:10
    It has been years but we had a great time with SPAMALOT. I am ready to do it again! The best news is that it works really well with cheap scenery.

  • 4.  RE: Spamalot? Yes or no?

    Posted 11-29-2018 10:16

    Yes!  Do it.  The guys love Monty Python.  This show brought me my highest number of guys at auditions.  Three years later, I'm still benefiting from the number of guys that were drawn to this show.  Tech and costumes are challenging but not a deal breaker.

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  • 5.  RE: Spamalot? Yes or no?

    Posted 11-29-2018 10:33
    Loved it - would do it again in a heartbeat! The cast had a blast and we had a great response from the audience. I think the only main dance parts were the Lakers Girls and Camalot. The Laker Girls could easily carry the dance parts if you don't want the other cast members to dance. You do need a strong actress for the Lady of the Lake. Our Patsy and Bedevere were played by girls and we didn't do much doubling, so we had a cast of about 36 with everyone having at least a few lines. As far as showcasing the ensemble, I think Spamalot is among the best shows out there.

    I love that the nature of the play allows the director and the actors to be as big and as silly as possible, and the audience will buy into it. For sets, you can go as grand or as cheap as you want - I could easily see a set made entirely out of cardboard boxes along with cardboard armor and swords working wonderfully.

    I also love that TRW includes pre-approved cuts and substitutions in the script in case some material is a bit much for your audience. I hated making some of those cuts, but it made it easier getting admin approval and most of the audience was none the wiser. I wish all publishing houses were as flexible and understand at TRW.

    So yes, if you have good choices for Arthur and Lady of the Lake, do Spamalot!

    Ken Buswell
    Drama Teacher
    Peachtree City, GA

    Theater kills ignorance

  • 6.  RE: Spamalot? Yes or no?

    Posted 12-05-2018 22:51
    Edited by Michael McDonough 12-05-2018 23:50
    There is a School Edition available; the score hasn't been touched in the SE (excepting the phrase of a 'song' that goes "Get your hand off my knee..."). The libretto has been adapted to be more age-appropriate. Arthur & Prince Herbert must be male; Lady of the Lake must be female; Eric Idle once described the remaining characters as 'people' (implying that you cast as appropriate for your production while remaining true to the author's intent and spirit of the Play).

    If you're not quite ready for a full blown SPAMALOT, you could start with our Monty Python musical sketch show.

    Michael McDonough
    TRW Director of Amateur Licensing
    New York