After the second trip to Woolfe Street Playhouse I didn’t think I’d ever get to see SPAMALOT. You see, it was sold out. Both nights.
But third time’s the charm, as they say. I finally got a chance to sit in the audience and hear the music queue up from the stage side of the large wooden doors separating the audience from the lobby. It wasn’t long before I got to see firsthand why the show had been sold out for the first two nights of its run.
SPAMALOT is a musical comedy based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a spoof on the legends of King Arthur. SPAMALOT differs from the movie in many ways, which makes the play a unique experience.
The first thing you notice when you get past those large doors is the space around the theatre. The space is intimate and comfortable, projecting a sense of being at home (although this space comes with a bar in the back). The set design was simple and well-constructed. A castle facade served as the point of entry for a number of locales visited by the cast.
The production at Woolfe Street Playhouse featured a talented cast that took on the ridiculous nature of SPAMALOT with enthusiasm and joy. King Arthur (Josh Wilhoit) and the Lady of the Lake (Becca Anderson) stood out in particular for their comedic timing and powerful singing.
But they only had one role. Robbie Thomas had four. Thomas performed as Lancelot, a Knight of Ni, a French Taunter and Tim. Each role was handled with the necessary hilarity of SPAMALOT and left you walking out still singing, His name is Lancelot/And in tight pants a lot/He likes to dance a lot.
Lara Allred’s choreography utilized the intimate space well. My field of vision always had something to enjoy as the principle cast, Laker Girls and Ensemble Knights “rode horses,” danced and spun about.
With six more shows to catch I wouldn’t be surprised if their track record of sold-out shows continues. Hopefully you won’t have to make the trip three times like I did, but I will say that it is worth it.
Produced By: Village Repertory
Shows: May 24, 30, 31, June 4, 6 at 7:00pm; June 1 at 2:00pm; June 7at 8:00pm
Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe Street
Admission: $35 adults, $30 seniors, $25 students