Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

IT'S JUST A FLESH WOUND ; `Spamalot' Is a Very, Very Silly Kingdom

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

IT'S JUST A FLESH WOUND ; `Spamalot' Is a Very, Very Silly Kingdom

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WANT TO GO? Spamalot Presented by the Charleston Light Opera Guild WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. May 13 and 14, 2 p.m. May 15, and 7:30 p.m. May 20 and 21. WHERE: Civic Center Little Theater TICKETS: $25 INFO: 304-343-2287 or

A show like "Spamalot," the musical adaptation of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," inevitably brings up all kinds of questions - like is having a sword thrown at you by a woman lying in a pond a reasonable basis for a government?

Chris Terpening, who plays King Arthur in the Charleston Light Opera Guild's production of "Spamalot," which opens Friday, said you could do worse.

"If you compare it to our current situation, I think it sounds entirely rational," he said.

Megan Sydnor Collins agrees, wholeheartedly, but then again, she plays the Lady of the Lake, the aforementioned woman lying in a pond distributing swords.

For those who somehow missed the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," which mercilessly skewered the classic Arthurian myths, or even old re-runs of the BBC's "Monty Python's Flying Circus," "Spamalot takes the framework of the film and throws in a bunch of Broadway parodying songs.

It is a very, very silly musical - but a blast to work on, Terpening and Collins said.

"I grew up in Dallas," Terpening said, "and our PBS station was the first station to put 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' on the air in America. They were also the first to put 'Doctor Who' on the air over here - some kind of British thing they had going on."

Terpening said he remembers watching the show in high school but didn't really know about the movie until college.

"I was probably in junior high when it came out, but I used to watch it a lot while I was in school, he said. "I'd go to the midnight movie showings. I don't know how many times I watched it.

Collins, a couple of decades younger than Terpening, was exposed to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail through her dad.

"He used to quote it around the house, she said. "I just really fell in love with Monty Python.

So, when the Light Opera Guild said it was putting on the musical, both said they jumped at the chance.

"It was like, Oh my God, how can I not do this? …

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