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July 29, 2013

'Spamalot' to hit stage

TLP performance to start Thursday

MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Monty Phython’s “Spamalot” will hit the stage this week in Mount Carroll.

Timber Lake Playhouse will present the musical from Thursday through Aug. 11.

A hit with a long run on Broadway and three national tours, “Spamalot” retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, their quest for the Holy Grail and features a bevy of show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people.

The show stars John Chase of Mount Morris, Ill., as King Arthur. He has previously been seen at TLP in “Working,” “Sunset Boulevard” and “Oklahoma!” Sharriese Hamilton (”Working,” “...Spelling Bee”) takes on the Tony Award winning role of The Lady of the Lake. Brandon Jess Ford (”All Shook Up,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Boeing Boeing”) returns to play Sir Lancelot, and Executive Director James Beaudry returns to the TLP stage in the role of Brave Sir Robin.

Featured in the cast are Brandyn Day (Baldwin Wallace University) as Sir Galahad, Cody Jolly (Webster University) as The Historian, Elliot Marach (Millikin University) as Sir Bedevere and Matthew Webb (Savannah College of Art and Design) as Patsy. The resident company fills out the ensemble.

The musical performs  at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday and Wednesday. There is also a Saturday matinee performance on the opening weekend at 3 p.m. Order tickets through the box office at (815) 244-2035 or any time at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org.

Gold Series Subscriptions for TLP’s 53rd season also go on sale Thursday online and through the box office. Summer 2014 brings a line-up that includes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the new Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein,” and the local premier of “Les Miserables.”

The rest of the season includes the plays “An Inspector Calls,” a ghost story by J. B. Priestley, and Neil Simon’s “Rumors.” The summer will close with a revue of 60s hits called “SHOUT! The Mod Musical.”

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