‘Spamalot’ opens tonight with laughs
SALISBURY — When local radio personality Kent Bernhardt heard that Piedmont Players Theatre would be performing Monty Python’s “Spamalot” he decided to investigate.
Who: Piedmont Players TheatreWhat: Monty Python’s SpamalotWhen: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and April 24-27; 2:30 p.m. SundayWhere: Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Cost: $15 adults, $12 students and seniors, $11 for groups of at least 20, $10 for Value Night on Wednesday, April 24Box office: Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and by phone 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 704-633-5471
“I started cruising around YouTube and I watched bits and pieces of the actual Broadway production,” he said. “I sat there in front of the computer just laughing my head off.”
When his daughter asked what he was watching he quickly replied.
“I’m watching ‘Spamalot,’ it’s just hysterical, I’ve got to do this.”
Bernhardt went into auditions with his eye on the role of King Arthur and landed it.
“He’s the straight man in the whole thing, he’s got all these crazy people around him,” he said.
Kyle Smith, a member of the ensemble, said “Spamalot” is the first musical he’s done in more than a decade.
“I really wasn’t planning on doing any theater, but I found out it was coming and I love Monty Python,” he said. “I love that subtle British humor that’s slightly over the top, it’s fantastic.”
Smith said those attending should keep an open mind.
“Don’t expect anything serious,” he said.
Director Reid Leonard said his stage manager refers to the show as an “equal opportunity offender.”
“Monty Python were like early, early, early Saturday Night Live,” he said. “They did comedy skits that were very, very dry.”
Leonard said “Spamalot” is based on the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
“It’s about King Arthur trying to find a Holy Grail,” he said. “It’s just silly fun.”
Leonard said after two serious shows including “The Color Purple” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” Piedmont Players wanted to mix it up.
“The whole point is to have variety,” he said. “Plus, there are very, very few Broadway musicals that are small enough for us to be able to manage.”
Bernhardt said those who attend the show can expect to have a good time.
“The songs are just infectious, you will leave the theater humming some of the tunes,” he said. “You’ll laugh all night.
“If you’ve got all the troubles in the world you’ll forget them for a little while while you’re here.”
Contact reporter Sarah Campbell at 704-797-7683.