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Monty Python's "Spamalot" Comes to Covington via Showbiz Players

Area community stage favorite Rick Kramer is King Arthur in Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” Showbiz Players’ summer entry opening at The Carnegie on May 30 and running through June 8. 
 
“Spamalot” is the musical adaptation of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the one that sends the guys off for bizarro adventures with killer rabbits, flying cows, rude Frenchmen, and other silliness that inspires big sight gags. It’s a shameless send-up of Broadway musicals good and bad with a chorus line of Knights of the Round Table.
 
Producer/director Bunny Arszman saw “Spamalot” in Chicago on its way to Broadway and knew she had to do it. At that point, she hadn’t seen “Grail,” just “Life of Brian” (from which the musical’s big tune “(Always) Look on the Bright Side (of Life)” is lifted).
 
Arzman thought it was a hoot that the audience knew the material so well that they were laughing before the set-up was even finished. 
 
Lots of local Python fans showed up for auditions and the cast of 17 includes, in addition to Kramer who has starred locally in “Sweeney Todd, “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Les Miz” and many more: Matt Tschimperle, who holds a Master’s degree from College-Conservatory of Music and goes straight from “Spamalot” to Cincinnati Opera, where he’ll be seen in the new “Silent Night”, plays Sir Galahad; Nate Moser, who starred in Showbiz’s “Avenue Q,” as Sir Lancelot; and Stacy Bausch as The Lady of the Lake. 
 
For all the show’s sight gags, Scott Baker as Sir Bedaber, scootering around the stage isn’t one of them. Aker broke his ankle two weeks before opening, but with his doctor’s okay and a little re-staging, the show will go on. 
 
“Spamalot,” through June 8. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. Tickets $24.50 adults/$21.50 seniors and students. 859-957-1940 and online at www.showbizplayers.com.
 
-Jackie Demaline, RCN contributor
 
Photo: Knights of the Round Table L-R – Nate Moster (Sir Lancelot), Scott Baker (Sir Bedevere), Rick Kramer (King Arthur), Matt Tschimperle (Sir Galahad) and Steffen Whorton (Sir Robin)/provided