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Musical comedy 'Spamalot' hits CT-A stage
by Zack Steen
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James Strachan as Sir Dennis Galahad and Natalie Bullard Floyd as The Lady of the Lake star in Corinth Threate-Arts production of "Spamalot" set to open this weekend at Crossroads Playhouse. / Staff photo by Zack Steen
James Strachan as Sir Dennis Galahad and Natalie Bullard Floyd as The Lady of the Lake star in Corinth Threate-Arts production of "Spamalot" set to open this weekend at Crossroads Playhouse. / Staff photo by Zack Steen
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Sixteen cast members make up the Corinth Theatre-Arts production of "Spamalot". Performances are set for Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Aug. 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. / Staff photo by Zack Steen
Sixteen cast members make up the Corinth Theatre-Arts production of "Spamalot". Performances are set for Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Aug. 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. / Staff photo by Zack Steen
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“We eat ham, and jam, and Spam a lot.”

Sixteen local thespians are set to bring the tongue-in-cheek performance of the Monty Python lovingly ripped musical, “Spamalot” to life on the Crossroads Playhouse stage for a special two weekend run.

Inspired by the movie, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Corinth Theatre-Arts will present the stage version on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Showings are also set for Sunday at 2 p.m., and Aug. 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The show will kickoff "A Season of Adventure!," the 49th season at the playhouse.

Former CT-A resident director R. Andrew Strickland will return to Corinth as guest director of the classic comedy.

“If you’ve seen Holy Grail and liked it, you’ll love this play,” he said. “While it centers around the original story line of the film, the play has a lot of surprises including several new musical numbers and a different ending.”

“Spamalot” is a highly irreverent parody of the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. The show features the shenanigans of Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, as he recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest.

The Broadway version of the play garnered three Tony Awards in 2005 including Best Musical.

“I believe audiences will really enjoy this one,” said Strickland. “It’s flat out funny with an incredibly strong cast.”

With only 16 cast members, Strickland said many cast members play multiple parts. Most of the cast also had to learn to tap dance for their performance.

“The tap dancing is great, and it’s so amazing that the Corinth area has so many wonderful male actors with great vocals and those guys really shine in this play,” he added. “Someone watched a rehearsal recently and told me that the cast really appeared to want to be here – and that’s true, every single member of the cast and crew have really gone above and beyond.”

Currently the director of fine arts for a private school in Macon, Ga., Strickland said he’s glad to be back home.

“I thought it would feel strange,” he said. “But it actually feels like I never left.”

Strickland directed more than 30 plays during his time as CT-A’s full time resident director from 1998-2001.

The Hollywood, Fla., native said he jumped at the opportunity to return to the place where he made so many friends and met his wife, Janet Strickland originally from Kossuth.

“I have an incredible connection with both CT-A and this play – I’m a gigantic Monty Python fan and absolutely loved my time at CT-A.

“I’m so proud Corinth has had CT-A for so long. They continue to do a wonderful job keeping local community theatre alive.”

The cast includes:

Historian, Eli Rodgers; Finlandian Mayor, Cody Daniel; Fisch Schlappers, James Strachan, Remy-Francois Duvalier, Leah Petty, Jessica Barr, Hannah E. South, Amber Chaney, Jenny Jordan, Ian McAnally, Brandon Strickland; Monks, James Strachan, Jessica Barr, Cody Daniel, Brandon Strickland; King Arthur, Dan Marsh; Patsy, Will Pearce; Sir Robin, Josh Steen; Sir Lancelot, Kevin Binger; Not Dead Fred, Eli Rodgers; The Dead, Leah Petty, Hannah E. South, Amber Chaney, Jenny Jordan, Ian McAnally, Remy-Francois Duvalier; Sir Dennis Galahad, James Strachan; Mother of Deniis, Jenny Jordan; Laker Girls, Leah Petty, Jessica Barr, Hannah E. South, Amber Chaney; The Lady of the Lake, Natalie Bullard Floyd; Sir Bedevere, Remy-Francois Duvalier; Sir Bors, Brandon Strickland; Sir Not Appearing, R. Andrew Strickland, Brent H. Bonds; Knight 1, Ian McAnally; Knight 2, Cody Daniel; Camelot Showgirls, Leah Petty, Jessica Barr, Hannah E. South, Amber Chaney, Jenny Jordan; God, R. Andrew Strickland; French Taunter, Cody Daniel; French Guards, Brandon Strickland, Eli Rodgers, Leah Petty, Ian McAnally; Mime, Hannah E. South; Can-Can Girls, Jessica Barr, Hannah E. South, Amber Chaney, Jenny Jordan; Head Knight of Ni, Kevin Binger; Knights of Ni, Leah Petty, Jessica Barr, Hannah E. South, Amber Chaney, Jenny Jordan; Lead Minstrel, Eli Rodgers; Sir Robin’s Minstrels, Leah Petty, Hannah E. South, Jessica Barr; Black Knight, Brandon Strickland; Concorde, Remy-Francois Duvalier; Prince Herbert, James Strachan; Prince Herbert’s Father, Eli Rodgers; Swamp Castle Guard 1, Ian McAnally; Swamp Castle Guard 2, Brandon Strickland; Tim the Enchanter, Ian McAnally; Brother Maynard, Cody Daniel

(Tickets can be purchased at corinththeatrearts.com or at the Box Office prior to the show. The Crossroads Playhouse is located at 303 Fulton Drive.)
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