This weekend The Dogwood Dell Arts Company invites everyone to meet them on the lawn of their amphitheater to enjoy a free showing of Spamalot as part of their “60th Anniversary of the Festival of the Arts at Dogwood Dell”.
Spamalot is a musical which follows King Arthur and his loyal servant, Patsy, as they recruit noble knights to join his Round Table and embark on a quest to seek the Holy Grail. Joined by Sir Bedevere, Sir Galahad, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, and many more, the knights will face foes such as the Black Knight and the unlikeliest fuzzy monster.
“It is lovingly ripped from the actual movie, Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” said Scott Melton, who plays King Arthur. “It is very silly and a whole lot of fun.”
With a few minor changes, Spamalot takes scenes and portions of its dialogue straight from the original movie. For example, the Lady of the Lake (Leanna Hicks), who is known in Monty Python and The Holy Grail only by name, plays a major role in helping the knights with their quest in the production of Spamalot.
Joseph Pabst, director for Spamalot, said they decided to do this play for the Dogwood Dell 60th anniversary because of it’s familiar humor.
“I’m a huge Monty Python fan, so I’m having a great time with the humor in this show. Anyone who knows Monty Python and the Holy Grail will delight in some of the familiar lines and scenes from the movie: ‘You’re using coconuts.’ , ‘I’m not dead yet.’ and ‘It’s only a flesh wound.’” Said Pabst “You’ll see the French taunter blowing raspberries, the dancing knights of Camelot, and the blood-thirsty bunny.”
Dates for Spamalot include this Friday the 29 as well as the 30, 31, and August 5,6 at 8:30 p.m. It will be located at the Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park. Attendance for all performances is free to all ages.