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July 7, 2014

‘MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT’: Lyric Theatre brings British humor classic to the stage

NORMAN — Killer rabbits and dancing nights are just a few peculiar things you can expect to see on stage from Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's production of MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT. Adapted from the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," this comedic musical follows the Knights of the Round Table on their journey to find the infamous Holy Grail. Catch this show at the Civic Center Music Hall, running July 22 through July 26, for a night full of laughter.

"Monty Python sketch comedy is one of my very favorites, so come ready for fun and leave all seriousness at home," Meredith Inglesby, who will be seen as Lady of the Lake, said. "If you're easily offended, just bring your sense of humor on full throttle."

Inglesby has also been seen on Broadway in DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID. She described the show in just a few words: Hilarity and extreme silliness.

If you think because you know the 1975 film, you know the musical- think again. In an enchanted land with characters seeping out from shadow-y corners at every turn, even fans of the movie are in for hilarious surprises.

Ashley Wells, Lyric's associate artistic director, said the jokes new and old present an opportunity to get each punch line perfect.

"I am going over things very carefully to make sure that I hit every joke just right," she said. "It is hard to work on a show where a good majority of the audience is going to know a lot of the lines and just might say them with you."

Against the backdrop of a live stage and audience, once the curtains part, anything is free game. Wells said things don't always go as planned, but that just adds character to the show as a whole.

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