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Spamalot - A Whole Lot Of Fun

April 12, 2016
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

Monty Python's creative, hilarious silliness is on the Main Street stage in "Spamalot". For those of you who missed opening weekend, there are three more shows this coming weekend.

The narrator introduces the show. Somehow, the cast thinks he says "Finland" instead of "England". Once that is cleared up, King Arthur (Chris Myers) and his faithful sidekick Patsy (Don Joyce) enter the stage on horseback.

Probably one of the funniest Monty Python bits ever is the sound of horses made with coconut shells. King Arthur and Patsy gallop onto the stage, then canter and then trot before dismounting. This unique horsemanship goes on throughout the play as they take the audience on their quest for the Holy Grail. To horse

From the Knights of the Round Table, to the Lady of the Lake, the Monks, the Knights of Ni, the French Taunters, the Camelot Dancers, Laker Girls, Grail Girls and Prince Herbert, this cast is incredible. Led by directors Jackie VanOosbree and Peggy Stolley, with music director Denise Haack and Peter Morlock, and choreography by Peggy Stolley and Tricia Cox, this cast has spent countless hours in rehearsal. Their hard work did not disappoint.

So many of the characters have dual (triple, quadruple) roles in the show. This shows their versatility. There are numerous costume changes, with not much time between characters. The talent of these theatre troopers, all the singing and the dancing, is absolutely amazing.

The search for the Holy Grail takes the audience around the world - in the days of King Arthur and today. The plague strikes Europe and "Not Dead Fred" refuses to give up. The Laker Girls sing and cheer for Arthur. Camelot resembles the Las Vegas resort Excalibur -- What happens in Camelot stays in Camelot. All of this happens on stage with a very versatile set. When the actors aren't singing and dancing (tap dancing, too), they are rearranging the set.

Highlights, for me, came in pairs: King Arthur (Chris Myers) and Patsy (Don Joyce) galloping all over the kingdom); Sir Galahad and the Lady of the Lake (Kirk and Denise Haack) singing the duet "The Song That Goes Like This"; Prince Herbert (Andy Stolley) and Sir Lancelot (Lee Taito) as they find one another. Then there was Not Dead Fred (Peter Morlock); Sir Robin (Ed Meyer); Sir Bedevere (Steve Cox); the Historian (Johnny Schad); and Janis Joplin (Tricia Cox).

Jay Hember, George VanMeter, Cynthia Berkland, Lori Flynn, Stacy Berkland, Miranda Nielson, Peyton Kennedy, Jordan Lange, Jen Meyer, Jacque Brown and Hannah Joyce play multiple roles. What talent we have on stage! The music is outstanding, the acting is far above average.

As audience members left the performance center, all were smiling and chuckling at some favorite part of the play. Some said they will be back to watch again because it was so much fun.

It is interesting to note that the audience opening weekend included a lot of people from outside the Emmetsburg area. It appears news of Main Street's talent is reaching others. Welcome to Emmetsburg. On the same thought, it is perplexing that the Emmetsburg audience has dwindled. If you wonder what you are missing, "Spamalot" will be on the Main Street stage Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Come check out your local talent and support community theatre. It's a whole lot of fun.



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