Throughout the annals of time, dramatic bards and impassioned folklorists have regaled audiences with engrossing portrayals and dramatic interpretations concerning the myriad tales of Arthurian legend. At times, these grandiose performances recalling the noble, majestic quests of the English king and his Knights of the Round Table have been known to transfix theatergoers, forcing them to delve deep into contemplation, leaving them both awestruck and perhaps even moving them to reexamine their own personal trajectory.
For those fortunate soles planning on attending Sumter High School Drama Department’s upcoming theatrical production, rest assured, this…is not one of those shows.
Instead, those attending this year’s musical production by the students of SHS will get to see Monty Python’s Spamalot, the uproarious, Tony award-winning musical comedy based on the classic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and penned by Eric Idle of Monty Python fame.
“Everyone who loves Monty Python will enjoy and probably say the lines with us,” said Sumter High teacher Kelly Melton, who heads the school’s drama department and is directing the show. “Those who don’t know Monty Python will be confused at times but still laugh many laughs.”
Melton, himself an award-winning actor, pointed out this is the twentieth consecutive year SHS has been able to produce a full musical. “Musicals are the most difficult, but most popular event of our season. I wish everyone could see how much work goes into the show by these students both on and off the stage.”
The musical comedy runs Wednesday, Jan. 25, through Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Sumter High Auditorium. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, while Saturday’s performance will be a 2 p.m. matinee.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, senior citizens and military personnel. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the performance. Shrubbery will not be accepted in lieu of payment.
The show should be considered appropriate for ages 10 and up, with the possible slight, barely-worth-noting exception that there might be a very small, almost insignificant possibility (we’re really almost too embarrassed to mention it) that audience members could possibly, if unforeseen circumstances occur, and we really don’t think they will, witness loved ones being dragged onstage and publicly impaled by a heavily armed knight.
Other than that, it’s great fun.