Calliope Auditions: SPAMALOT!

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Calliope announces auditions for SPAMALOT!, a musical by Eric Idle and John du Prez.

SPAMALOT! is a big, silly musical based upon the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, the musical is a highly irreverent parody of Arthurian legend, but differs from the film in many ways. It was an immediate hit when it premiered on Broadway in 2005, receiving 14 Tony Awards nominations and winning three including Best Musical.

SPAMALOT! embellishes the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail with beautiful dancing girls, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, and much more. Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchmen, they also encounter such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight, and the Knights who say “Ni”. The show also includes a hilarious sendup of Broadway excesses and tropes.

The Cast

  • Males: 7 adults (ages 20's - 60+)
  • Females: 1 adult (age 20's - ethereal)
  • Ensemble: 6 males, 6 females (ages 16 - 60+)

    Teens (16 - 19) will be considered for the Ensemble only.

    (Exaggerated British or Scotch dialects required.)

    KING ARTHUR (Baritone [Low G2 -- High F4], Late 30s-60s): The King of England, who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Round Table and find the Holy Grail. Great humor. Good singer.

    THE LADY OF THE LAKE (Alto with large range [Low E3 -- High B6], 20s-40s): A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers, but gets angry easily. The leading lady of the show. A great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Sings everything from opera to pop to scatting.

    SIR ROBIN (Tenor/Baritone [Low D3 -- High G4], 30s-40s): A Knight of the Round Table. Ironically called "Sir Robin the Brave," though he couldn't be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk. Must move well.

    SIR LANCELOT (Tenor/Baritone [Low C3 -- High E4], 30s-40s): A Knight of the Round Table. He is fearless to a fault but through a twist of fate discovers his "softer side." This actor must be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman; the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights; and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.

    PATSY (Tenor/Baritone [Low Bb3 -- High G5], 30s-40s): King Arthur's horse and servant. Under-appreciated but always longing for Arthur's approval. Good, funny, physical and moves well. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his hometown; and the drunken, useless GUARD 2. Some tap dancing skills are a plus.

    SIR GALAHAD (Tenor [Low Bb3 -- High Bb5], 30s): A Knight of the Round Table. Begins as Dennis, a lower class "mud gatherer" who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT'S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman at odds with his sensitive son; and THE BLACK KNIGHT, who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing required.

    SIR BEDEVERE (Tenor/Baritone with falsetto [Low D3 -- High G4], 20s-40s): A Knight of the Round Table. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD'S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman; and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot's horse.

    HISTORIAN/NOT DEAD FRED/ PRINCE HERBERT/ MINSTREL/ FRENCH GUARD (Tenor [Low A2 – High A5], 20s-30s): A tweedy academic. Also plays NOT DEAD FRED, a FRENCH GUARD, a MINSTREL in Sir Robin's band; and PRINCE HERBERT (the hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower.) Tenor singing required. Must move well.


    MALE ENSEMBLE: Strong dancers and singers to play many supporting roles including the other Knights of the Round Table, Sir Not Appearing, Sir Bohrs, Bodies in "Not Yet Dead," the Dancing Monk, the Dancing Nun, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, a French Guard, Robin's Minstrel, and more! Strong dance skills preferred; tap skills a plus.

    FEMALE ENSEMBLE: Strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the Camelot Girls, the Laker Girls, a French Guard, Knights of Ni, two of Robin's Minstrels, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, and more! Strong dance skills preferred, tap skills a plus.

    The Directors

  • Dave Ludt (stage)
  • John Leslie (music)
  • Karen White (dance)

    The Rehearsals

    Sunday afternoons (2 pm), Tuesday & Thursday evenings (7 pm) beginning March 1, 2020.

    The Performances

    May 14 - 24:

  • 7:30 pm performances on Thu., Fri., Sat. (Thursday first weekend only)
  • 2:00 pm matinee performances on Sundays
  • The Auditions

  • Friday, January 31 , 7 pm - 10 pm
  • Saturday, February 1 , 11 am - 3 pm
  • Cold readings from the script. A few simple dance steps taught by our choreographer. And auditionees should prepare part of a song to demonstrate range. A number from the show is allowed and encouraged. Bring copies of the music (in the correct key) for the accompanist.

    No a cappella singing will be allowed.

    For additional information, or to schedule an audition appointment by phone, please call Calliope Productions at (508) 869-6887.