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July 11-13, 17-20: 'Spamalot' to close Summer Theatre Season

Tickets on sale now for musical.

2013-07-22
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 7-3-2013

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will close its 47th annual Highland Summer Theatre season with the university premiere of a Tony Award-winning show, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” at 7:30 p.m. July 11-13 & 17-20 in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is sponsored by the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, Eide Bailly and the Farrish Johnson Law Office.

In the photo at right, the Historian (Sam Stoll, front left) introduces King Arthur (Reginald D. Haney, center), who is flanked by his faithful squire Patsy (Carter Allen, back left) and the Knights of the Round Table (right, Jake McInerney, Ben Stasny, Devin Basart and Andy Rotchadl)—in Monty Python’s SPAMALOT.

The musical is lovingly ripped from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” from the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Book and lyrics are by Eric Idle, with music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle. It tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. However, diverting a bit from the true story, this hilarious musical features such oddities as a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. Outside there is plague with a 50 percent chance of pestilence and famine.

Throughout the show King Arthur (third-year MFA Acting candidate Reginald B. Haney), traveling with his servant Patsy (senior BFA Acting candidate Carter Allen), recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere (junior BFA Acting candidate Andy Rotchadl), Sir Robin (junior BFA Acting candidate Ben Stasny), Sir Lancelot (senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate Jake McInerney) and Sir Galahad (spring BFA Musical graduate Devin Basart). Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake (senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate Kaitlin Dahlquist), Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni. This is “Spamalot’s” Minnesota State Mankato debut.

Directed by Department Chair Paul J. Hustoles and choreographed by senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate Jaclyn Juola, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” contains some content that is not appropriate for younger children.

Individual tickets for “Monty Python’s Spamalot” are available at MSUTheatre.com or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661. Cost is $22 for regular, $19 for discounted (available through the box office only) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

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