Monty’s Python’s SPAMALOT’
Show Dates: 9th – 13th April 2018
Director: Haydn Boxall
Musical Director: David Ranford
Choreographer: Amanda Ling
Production Manger: Lorraine Bottomley
Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical also diverts a bit from more traditional versions of the legend. Instead, Spamalot features shenanigans including a line of beautiful dancing girls, flatulent Frenchmen, and killer rabbits. Outside, there is plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine. Throughout the show, Arthur, travelling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight, and the Knights who say Ni.
Characters, playing age & vocal range:
KING ARTHUR (Late 30s-60s): The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor.
Good Singer. Vocal Range Baritone
SIR ROBIN (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave,’though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the
Singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk. Vocal Range Tenor, Baritone
SIR LANCELOT (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault, but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’ This actor
MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over the top Frenchman, the
KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIME THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
Vocal Range Tenor, Baritone
PATSY (30s-40s): King Arthur’s horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover
With some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town, and the drunken, useless GUARD 2.
Vocal Range Baritone
SIR GALAHAD (30s): A Knight of the Roundtable, begins as Dennis, a lower class ‘mud gatherer’ who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing
Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT’s FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong Baritenor singing required.
SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNI GALAHAD’s MOTHER, a shrill peasant
Women, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot’s horse. No solo singing
THE LADY OF THE LAKE (20’s – 30s): A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing
voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Vocal Range Alto to Top B
Other characters to cast:
HISTORIAN – a tweedy academic
NOT DEAD FRED: A sickly little fellow who, despite others’ beliefs claim he is ‘not yet dead’
FRENCH GUARD: The condemnatory French sidekick to the French Taunter
MINSTREL: In Sir Robin’s band
PRINCE HERBERT: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing, and pines for his love atop a tower
A MALE DANCER who appears as THE DANCING NUN
8 LADY OF THE LAKER dancers
MALE & WOMEN ENSEMBLE
Get pre audition preparation/dance workshops are as follows:
Chancellors School from 7.45PM
Tuesday 27th November
Friday 30th November
Tuesday 4th December
Friday 7th December – audition for those who cannot make the main auditions on Sunday 9th December
SUNDAY 9th DECEMBER - Oakmere School from 1PM – AUDITIONS
Please note that this is a shorter rehearsal period than usual, so full commitment will be required.
Sent to you in due course.