Newtown Residents Among Those Featured In Richter's 'Spamalot,' Opening This Weekend
DANBURY — Musicals at Richter (MAR), celebrating 35 seasons as the longest-running outdoor theater in Connecticut, will kick off its main stage anniversary season this weekend with a production of the uproarious musical hit Monty Python’s Spamalot, based on the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
“Lovingly ripped off” from that 1975 film, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, cows, killer rabbits, and French people. With book and lyrics by the legendary Eric Idle and music by Idle and John Du Prez, the outrageous and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and his singing and dancing knights will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”
Directed and choreographed for Richter by Shannon-Courtney Denihan of Naugatuck, Spamalot features a talented cast of MAR veterans and newcomers. Walter Cramer (Danbury and Marlboro, Vt.) has been cast as King Arthur, and Mike Armstrong (Danbury) is his faithful coconut-clapping servant Patsy.
Performers also include Bob Filipowich (Fairfield) as Robin, Tom Denihan (Naugatuck) as Lancelot, Daniel Satter (Trumbull) as Galahad, Rob Mayette (Ridgefield) as Bedevere, and Mary Cantoni (Watertown) as The Lady of the Lake.
Featured in multiple roles are Vincent and Robert Fontenelli (Danbury), Molly Robinson (Middlebury), John Armstrong and Teah Renzi (Newtown), Jacob Litt (Ridgefield), and John Murphy (Waterbury).
New York residents in the show include Kevin McCarthy (Brewster), Denise Milmerstadt (Carmel), Emma Lubbers (Mahopac), and Brenda Schoenfeld (Somers).
The show will run June 28 to July 13. Staged on the grounds of Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury, performances take place outdoors under the stars Friday through Sunday evenings at 8 pm, with additional specially discounted performances on Thursdays, July 4 and 11.
Grounds open at 7 pm for picnicking, with curtain at 8 pm.
Tickets for regular shows are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students (with ID), and $15 for children 10 and under.
For the Thursday performances, tickets are $20, $15, and $10, respectively.
Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for lawn seating. A limited number of chairs are available free of charge at the concession area, and a snack/soft drink concession is onsite.