A lot of people grew up laughing at the British comedy group Monty Python. Larry Goodwin was one of them.After the 1975 slapstick comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” was made into the Broadway musical, “Spamalot,” he saw it twice.
Goodwin will direct the Lewiston Civic Theatre’s production of “Spamalot,” opening Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Clarkston High School Auditorium. Monty Python’s irreverent and, at times, absurd humor is the fabric that binds together the retelling of the King Arthur legend where the Knights of Round Table encounter showgirls, killer rabbits, cows and a flatulent French man.
“The show has very broad humor. You’ve got to have people who don’t play it as humor but play it straight,” Goodwin said about casting.
They also have to be able to sing and dance, Goodwin said. The production stars several theater veterans and a few newcomers.
“It’s a real ensemble piece,” Goodwin said.
Because of implied gore and some language the show is rated PG-13.
If You Go
What: “Spamalot” by the Lewiston Civic Theatre
When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26-28, Feb. 2-4, Feb. 9-11
2 p.m. Feb. 4, 5, 12
Where: Clarkston High School Auditorium
Cost: $18.02 adults, $14.84 seniors older than 60, $12.72 ages 13 through college, $9.54 children 12 and younger. Thursday prices are $11.66 for adults, students and seniors; and $9.54 for children younger than 12. Tickets available online.