CORNWALL, Ontario – If you like silly, like I like silly, then go and fill your boots full of it, by catching a performance of the Seaway Valley Theatre Company’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot… Warning: Camelot, it is not.
“Lovingly ripped off from the motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the musical offers the same broad nonsense as the original, with some great song and dance numbers added into the mix.
There are some fabulous performances in this production including Jamie Carr, as King Arthur, Lacie Petrynka, as the Lady of the Lake, and Thomas Mooney, as Patsy. The supporting cast and the lively chorus, also hold up their end wonderfully.
The production is directed by Lesley Ellam, choreographed by Amy Mallyon, with musical direction by local legend, Brian McCartney, who leads his tight 13 piece orchestra, without missing a beat.
The sets and costumes are a feast for the eyes, and the back stage crew should also be commented for what must have been total chaos with the cast of 30 and countless scene and costume changes.
Some naughty bits, skimpy costumes in the show make it a not-for-the-too-young, but still benign enough so as not to offend the rest.
Monty Python’s Spamalot runs February 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30pm, with a matinée on Feb 15, at 1:30, at Aultsville Theatre. Tickets are available online at Admission.com or at the Cornwall Civic Complex box office.
Coming up for SVTC, in May, Maggie’s Getting Married, by Norm Foster, takes a look into the life of the Duncan family as they prepare for the wedding of their daughter. Finishing off their 2014/2015 season, Figments, by Billy St John, peaks into the imagination of a playwright, in this farcical comedy, which opening in June. Visit www.svtc.ca for more information.
Also on the local theatre scene, Le theatre L’Amalgame, presents, Les Belles Soeurs, by French-Canadian theatre icon, Michel Tremblay, February 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and March 1, at Dream Builders Studios. 2107 Second Street West. Visit www.lamalgame.org, for further details
Vagabond Theater is now in rehearsal for Sin, Sex and the CIA, by Michael and Susan Parker. Opening March 20, it runs the 21, 26, 27, 28, at 8 pm, and on March 22, at 2pm. Tickets are available at Scotiabank and at the Seaway Senior Citizen Club, 1010 Guy Street, suite 109. For further information call Dan Youmelle at 613-938-1930. Visit www.vagabondtheatrecornwall.ca, for further information.