Spamalot poster

The Tipton Arts Council has announced the audition dates for the first play of their 2018 season.  

Auditions for the award winning musical Spamalot will be held this Saturday and Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Ruffin Theater. 

Spamalot  is based on the highly-acclaimed 1975 film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” 

The original Broadway production of Spamalot won three Tony Awards including the awards for Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. Spamalot also won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Musical Show Album.

The plot of Spamalot sees King Arthur along with his squire, Patsy, and a selection of knights including Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Belvedere and Sir Dennis Galahad, who, along with others go on an epic quest to find the Holy Grail. The quest leads the troupe to a French castle, into the dangerous clutches of the Black Knight and a loathsome bunny rabbit, to a rendezvous with the knights that say “Ni,” and into an intimate liaison with the Lady of the Lake.

Spamalot is jam packed with silly songs to match the action. The opening number “Finland”/ “Fisch Schlapping Dance” was created especially for the show along with other original songs such as “I Am Not Dead Yet,” “The Song that Goes Like This,” and “The Diva’s Lament (Whatever Happened to My Part}.” The show also includes the song originally made famous by Monty Python in The Life of Brian, “Always Look in the Bright Side of Life” which is always a crowd pleaser.

Spamalot  is a male-dominated show, but parts are available for men and women age 13 or older.  

Those auditioning must be prepared to sing a verse or a chorus of a song, preferably from the show.  They will also be required to do a dry read with other potential cast members.  

Spamalot will be directed by Rick Perry.  Instead of the usual two-week run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the arts council has decided to have a three-week run for Spamalot, with the production dates of March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17.

The Ruffin Theater is located at 113 W. Pleasant St., Covington. 

More information can be found at The Official Historic Ruffin Theater Facebook page, or by telephone (901) 610-6076. You can also look for Ruffin information on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

Echo Day is The Leader's managing editor. To contact her, call 901-476-7116 or email eday@covingtonleader.com.

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