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Center for the Arts presents 'Spamalot'

Jason Wheeler/The Daily Courier<br>
Director Bruce Lanning stands under the set for “Spamalot.”

Jason Wheeler/The Daily Courier<br> Director Bruce Lanning stands under the set for “Spamalot.”

Go on a hunt for the Holy Grail with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, except for Sir Not-Appearing-in-this-Show, as the Prescott Center for the Arts presents "Spamalot" as its final show of the season (Ni!).

Directed by Bruce Lanning, the show stars Greg Fine, Kate Howell, Julian Jenney, J. C. Lawler, Nathan Wiggins, Austin Olsen, Bill Hass, Isaac B. White, Doug Suits, Clint Slay and Logan Olson.

Lanning said he got into directing the show after he started thinking about when people were talking about enjoying the soundtrack. He said it caused him to think about seeing the movie in theaters with his kids in the 1970s.

"We all just had such a great time," he said. "I always liked British humor to begin with and while this isn't just British humor, it's primarily written for American audiences."

Lanning said that while there are a lot of the classic routines from the film, they're not all in here, speculating that it's because since the book and lyrics are written by Eric Idle, he took a lot of his own material from the film and created the music along with John Du Prez. Idle's voice is also in the show as the recorded voice of God.

Lanning spoke of the music in the play, noting that originally, the thought was that it was going to be fairly simple, but ended up fairly complex. Not quite unlike a killer rabbit.

"It makes for a really entertaining evening because you end up with a lot of different types of music," he said. "Our music director, Monica Ashton, she is really proficient in a lot of different styles, having been a jazz musician at one time. She could just go from one style to another."

Lanning said he hopes people come to see the show, stating that it's very funny and believes that they'll enjoy it. (Get on with it!).

"Spamalot" will be on the huge tracts of land that is the Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St., at 7:30 p.m. June 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20 and 2 p.m. June 7 and 14. Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 for students.

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- Jason Wheeler, The Daily Courier

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