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‘Spamalot’ Opens OCU Musical Theater Season

Oklahoma City University’s award-winning Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company will open its 69th season Oct. 9 and 10 with its first-ever mainstage livestream: a newly unveiled pandemic version of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

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Junior music theater major Brianna Reed portrays Patsy in the Oct. 9-10 collegiate premiere of “Monty Python's Spamalot: Socially Distant Concert-ish Version.”

A masked cast will present the regional premiere of “Monty Python’s Spamalot Socially Distant Concert-ish Version,” live from OCU’s historic Kirkpatrick stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10. Both performances will be livestreamed worldwide. Tickets ($10) are available from ocu.booktix.com.

Director Karen Coe Miller noted: “Last spring, we were disappointed to have to cancel our final show of the season, ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot,’… but then the creators of ‘Spamalot’ gave us a gift. Theatrical Rights Worldwide released a version adapted for our times. How appropriate for a musical set in the year 932 during a time of plague!

“We are proud to produce ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot Socially Distant Concert-ish Version.’ Expect sets, costumes, projections and all of your favorite Monty Python characters and gags. Expect a brilliantly sung, danced and acted show by a fabulous OCU cast in masks and safely 10 feet away from each other, performing their hearts out to an empty theater.

“Want to see how we do it? This is a new era of creative staging and performance solutions. Join the fun by streaming with us.”

Billed as being “lovingly ripped off” from Eric Idle’s 1975 film ”Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the show is an irreverent retelling of the legend of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and the Lady of the Lake that pokes fun at Broadway classics from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” to Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards — including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Eric Idle, and Best Original Score, shared by co-composers Idle and John Du Prez. Its success led to two acclaimed runs in London’s West End where the cast continued to search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”

In addition to Miller, the creative team for OCU’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music production features Matthew Mailman, music director, and Sheri Hayden, choreographer.

OCU’s Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company, the nation’s longest-running collegiate-based opera and music theater troupe, has won nine National Opera Association Production Awards in nine years, including seven in the past four seasons. The school was named to Playbill's 2018-19 and 2019-20 “Big Ten” lists of Top 10 collegiate training grounds for Broadway performers.

The Company’s mainstage season continues Oct. 30 and 31 with a livestream of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte,” set in the socially distanced 1950s. For details on upcoming performances, visit www.okcu.edu/music.


THE CAST

The show, which will be double-cast, features Joe Caskey and Jack Supan as King Arthur; Troy Freeman and Colton Stricklin as Sir Robin; Sean Ghedi amd Chance Ingalls as Sir Lancelot, The French Taunter, Knight of Ni and Tim the Enchanter; Reid Saari and Charlie Turner as Not Dead Fred and Prince Herbert; Nick Atkins as The Black Knight; Atkins and Christopher Richie as Sir Dennis Galahad and Prince Herbert's Father; Chloe Byars and Maddie Powell as The Lady of the Lake; Kaley McConnaughey and Brianna Reed as Patsy; Sabrina Brush and Emma Krajicek as Dennis’s Mother, Sir Bedevere and Concorde; and Jacob Arnold (understudy Sam Pottinger) as Historian.

In the socially distanced ensemble: Landry Champlin, Catherine Garcia, Francesca Iacovacci, Lauren Micke, Leah Mossman, Jacob Arnold, Brandon Barksdale, Cooper Clack, Kaden Mahle, Sam Pottinger and Rodney Thompson