“Spamalot” Auditions Set for Oct. 15 and 16

Charlotte Players is bringing “Spamalot” to town, and auditions for the medieval musical farce are being held on Sunday, Oct. 15 and Monday, Oct. 17 at the Community Theater Center, 1182 Market Street, Port Charlotte. Auditions begin at 7 p.m.

Conceived by the popular British comedy troupe Monty Python and based on their hit film “Monty Python the Holy Grail,” “Spamalot centers around King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and their quest to find the Holy Grail. The search takes them to strange places and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths.

“King Arthur, of course, is the lead role, and along with a strong voice he may also need help with getting a sword out of a stone,” quipped director Ian Bisset.

A Python enthusiast and regular Players performer, Bisset peppered his comments with references to what has become known as the “Python cannon” of the bits and skits familiar to the many followers of the group’s “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” satirical television show. Many of those bits found their way into the “Spamalot” script.

“It’s your average musical,” Bisset said. “I need singers, dancers, knights, rude Frenchmen and some very happy fish handlers.” To those who might audition, he added, “As with auditions for most musicals, please bring something to sing for us, wear appropriate footwear for dancing and please leave your coconut shells at home.”

If you want to know what the heck he’s talking about, you’ll have to audition. The cast calls for mature, older and younger adults and some teens, along with “Lady of the Lake” and her “Laker Girls.”

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