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DMTC opens season with twisted knight’s tale of ‘Spamalot’

By From page A9 | September 03, 2013

King Arthur (Scott Minor) reacts after The Lady of the Lake (Eimi Taormina) gives him Excalibur. But as we know, "strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government." Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

Davis Musical Theatre Company announced it’s opening its 29th season with “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

“Monty Python’s Spamalot” is a musical comedy, “lovingly ripped off from” the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur, but it differs from the film in many ways. The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols with Eric Idle writing the musical’s book and lyrics, won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The show is performed at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, and runs from Sept. 13 to Oct. 6, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. and Sundays at 2:15 p.m. It is directed by Steve Isaacson, with choreography by Cyndi Krivicich. Jonathan Rothman will lead the DMTC Orchestra. There is some language that may not be suitable for those easily offended. The show is recommended for ages 8 and up.

“You do not have to be a fan of Monty Python to enjoy ‘Spamalot,’ ” said Steve Isaacson, director of the show and co-producer of DMTC. “In fact, if you don’t know anything about Monty Python or the Holy Grail, ‘Spamalot’ is a great introduction. For those who are Monty Python fans, there is a good chance they’re going to go nuts when they see this show. Every single rehearsal has been so much fun and we are laughing every night.”

Although “Spamalot” does not directly follow the original film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” it is just as irreverent with similar language, jokes and gags. “It’s a show that adults and teens will enjoy together,” Isaacson said.

Tickets are $18 for general; $16 for students and seniors (55 and over). There is a $2 facility fee per ticket, for all tickets on the web, phone or in person. Tickets are available at www.dmtc.org, or by calling 530-756-3682.

Enterprise staff

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