Carrollwood stage to present lots of laughter with ‘Spamalot’

Tampa Beacon


CARROLLWOOD — Hear ye! Hear ye! The hilarious tales of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table will be brought to life on stage as the Carrollwood Cultural Center presents “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

The beloved classic is touted as “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and was brought to Broadway in 2005. It has since won three Tony Awards and was brought to London for performances in the West End. Now, you, too, can see what the buzz is about when it opens for two weekends this month.

Performances are scheduled for July 21-23 and July 28-30, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center’s Main Theatre, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa.

Tickets are still available, but Sunday performances are selling fast, according to the show’s directors. Admission is $30 for Carrollwood Cultural Center members and $35 for non-members. Audio description will be made available upon request, and there will be a special sign interpretation for the July 28 performance.

“Spamalot” features a cast of colorful characters from the legendary King Arthur to a killer rabbit. Directors Culver Casson and Harrison Baxley are excited for audiences to experience the popular show in Carrollwood.

“I think the vocalists we have are pretty incredible,” Baxley said. “This is a very difficult show to sing and as soon as we started rehearsals, this cast blew us away.”

Casson added, “The music for this show is more, I would say, traditional singing, so you need full voices. You have to have a strong sense of range, a strong sense of ensemble, and Mary Jo Hahn, our music director, has really brought the cast together to be a unified wall of sound.”