What do a diva, shrubbery, King Arthur and a man who’s not dead yet have in common?
Spamalot, of course.
The Augusta Players will bring the musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail to the Imperial Theatre stage at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.
“If you are a fan of the movie, everything iconic is in the show,” said the show’s director Richard Justice. “It’s classic Monty Python.”
The heart of the story is about King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and the quest for the Holy Grail, but there’s more that takes place.
It involves the audience in a way that most shows do not.
At one point in the show, one lucky audience member will join the action.
And there are other segments where the fourth wall is removed, such as when the Lady of the Lake bemoans the size of her role and her “lack” of stage time.
“The Lady of the Lake is the go-to diva role for anyone to aspire to be,” said Amy Patton, who plays the role. “It’s definitely the most challenging thing I’ve ever played.”
Funny moments in true British humor abound in Spamalot, but not all of them are scripted.
“There’s also the ability for the actors to adlib at times. They are going to have to work extra hard to keep it together,” said Justice.
Even among all the merrymaking, there’s a message in the mayhem.
“There’s an underlying theme of finding your own grail, finding your own bliss, and all of us have something great inside of us,” said Greg Goodwin, who plays King Arthur.
Tickets for Spamalot are $20-$43 and are available at augustaplayers.org.